University Singers to perform China tour tunes Sunday

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University Singers to perform China tour tunes Sunday

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University Singers, an ensemble comprised of 24 Northwestern Oklahoma State University students, will sing songs that will be featured on their tour of China later this month. University Singers will be performing on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church, located at 626 College Ave.

This concert is free and open to the public.

University Singers was established in 1995 and created for the purpose of bringing musical and vocal excellence to Northwestern and the community of Alva. The University Singers regularly tour at the regional and national levels. This tour will mark the first choir performance for the university outside the United States.

This landmark educational and cultural initiative will take 24 Northwestern students on a nine-day tour to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing, with one concert in each city. Through performance, the University Singers will serve as ambassadors in performing great music to Chinese audiences in an up-close and personal fashion.

At the same time, this tour will offer Northwestern students a first-hand look at the Chinese culture and its rich history.

Students also will tour the Great Wall, the 2008 Olympic Stadium, Tiananmen Square, Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City.

Traveling to China are students listed by their name, hometown and classification:

Maggie Linville, Beaver freshman; Alex Skinner, Burkburnett (Texas) freshman; Riley Wiebener, Alva sophomore; Naicee Gugelmeyer, Kiowa (Kan.) freshman; Dagan James, Boise City freshman; Shayna Hamilton, Arnett freshman; Shanae Joachims, Alva sophomore; Lauren Turner, Woodward sophomore; Rachel Lugendo, Lewisville (Texas) freshman; Latasha Thrash, Alva sophomore; Sara Acosta, Woodward senior; Kenneith McIntosh, Del City freshman; Dalton Lamberth, Sharon junior; Isi Ofiu, Alva freshman; Jorge Romero, Laverne freshman; Drew Faulkner, Hooker freshman; Aaron Ford, Cheyenne sophomore; Josh Faulkner, Hooker junior; Scott Bartley, Enid sophomore; Michael Brown, Watonga freshman; Jordon Little, Greensburg (Kan.) freshman; Keyton Byrd, Alva freshman; Hanson Long, Waynoka sophomore; Dustin Cox, Texhoma sophomore; Morgan Biaggi, Dalhart (Texas) freshman; Tyson Joachims, Alva senior; Erin Hopkins, Fairview freshman; Daniel Cano, Hooker freshman; and Shelby Carpenter, Alva sophomore.

Dr. Irene Messoloras, Department of Fine Arts chair, believes these students also maintain the highest level of professional performance discipline, mental focus, and artistic musicality and expression and have been praised by music educators across the state as being the ultimate embodiment of the choral art.

Sponsors attending the trip are Charla and Larry Parker (1987 alumnus); Messoloras; Ryan Wiebener, 2010 alumna; Tara Woodmansee, 2011 alumna; Jeff Sale and Susan Turner.

Members of the University Singers are continuing fundraising efforts prior to the trip. To make a donation to this educational adventure, contact Messoloras at (580) 327-8692 or