Wayland choirs join for concert

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University International Choir and the Wayland Singer Chorus will present their fall concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Harral Memorial Auditorium. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

Entitled “Connections and New Beginnings,” this will be the first concert performance at Wayland for Dr. Steven Weber, Director of Choirs and Professor of Choral Education at Wayland. Dr. Weber, who joined the faculty this semester, will direct the International Choir. The Wayland Singers Chorus will be directed by Assistant Professor and Director of Church Music Studies Dr. Hyung Chae. The choirs will be accompanied by Associate Professor of Piano Dr. Richard Fountain and Dr. Melody Fried, an adjunct faculty member.

The International Choir will open the concert with an arrangement of the “Star Spangled Banner” by U.S. Air Force Band arranger TSGT Mark Tarallo honoring the 15th Anniversary of the horrific events of 9/11. 

Wayland Singers Chorus will present Reap What You Sow by Pepper Choplin, Autumn by Kevin A. Memley and Connected by Brian Tate. Rehearsing two days a week, Wayland Singers Chorus is a non-auditioned chorus made up of students majoring in various disciplines across campus.

The remainder of the program includes performances by International Choir, Wayland’s premiere auditioned chorus which rehearses four days a week. Selections include Cry Out and Shout by Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt and Morning Prayer from “Three Celtic Invocations” by Washington D.C. composer Daniel Gawthrop. They will next present Laudato sie mi Signore (Praise be to God) by Ronald Perera with Italian text from Canticle of the Sun by St. Francis of Assisi. International Choir will close their portion of the concert with Down to the River to Pray arranged by Phillip Lawson featuring several solo vocalists and Keith Hampton’s Celebrate!, a stirring gospel closer featuring vocal solos by Kaileigh Boas and Joshua Walters.

The Choirs will combine to close the concert with former Wayland choral professor James Cram’s setting of Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.

The International Choir will preview some of its program Sunday morning, Oct. 16, at First Baptist Church in Plainview while Wayland Singers Chorus will assist with the worship service at First United Methodist Church.