Nine members of Concentus Vocum, the select vocal ensemble at West Virginia Wesleyan College, had the opportunity to participate as members of the West Virginia American Choral Directors' Association Collegiate Honor Choir from Feb. 1-2.
In conjunction with the association's annual state conference, the ensemble rehearsed intensely for one day, with a performance the following day in the Clay Center in Charleston. Hugh Floyd, coordinator of Choral Music at Furman University, conducted the ensemble, which performed selections by Adrian Batten, Charles Villiers Stanford, Kevin Memley, Jeffrey Douma and an arrangement of Dolly Parton's "Light of a Clear Blue Mornin'" by Craig Hella Johnson.
The ensemble consisted of singers from colleges, universities and churches throughout the state, including Alderson-Broaddus College, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Marshall University, Saint Francis de Sales Church, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University-Parkersburg and West Virginia Wesleyan College.
The students who made the trip to Charleston representing Wesleyan were senior Cassie Cline of Parkersburg; juniors Tim Brown of Upper Marlboro, Md., Kara Chenoweth of Buckhannon, Teneille Garton of Weston, Megan Richmond of Beaver and Robin Samuels of Vienna; sophomore Joseph Greer of Bridgeport; and freshmen Jared Ballard of Jane Lew and Zachary Bolon of Beckley.
Preparation for this experience was almost entirely left to these individual students, who learned the pieces on their own, reinforced with a few brief rehearsals with R. Daniel Hughes, director of choral activities at Wesleyan.
"I was incredibly pleased with the work these students put in preparing for this event," Hughes said. "They represented Wesleyan beautifully through their preparation, musicianship, professionalism and their respectful approach to all aspects of the conference. It was a wonderful opportunity for all of us, filled with lessons and experiences that we will undoubtedly bring back to our groups here at Wesleyan."
More information on Concentus Vocum, or any music ensemble offered by West Virginia Wesleyan, is available by contacting Hughes at 304-473-8700 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.