Led by acting director and Petersburg native Patrick D. McCoy, the choir will sing works by Moore, Clausen, Helvey and Schubert, among others.
PETERSBURG, VA, USA, Nov. 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Virginia State University Concert Choir led by Acting Director Patrick D. McCoy will present the annual fall concert on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 4 p.m. Anderson-Turner Auditorium-Virginia Hall located at 1 Hayden Drive, Petersburg, VA on the campus of Virginia State University. Accompanied by Timothy L. Hall, the choir will sing works by René Clausen, Howard Helvey, Franz Schubert, Undine Smith Moore and Moses G. Hogan, among others.
The Virginia State University Concert Choir first rose to musical prominence under the legendary J. Harold Montague. He was so effective and successful in introducing and developing an a cappella tradition that the choir soon became known on the touring circuit as the Virginia State A cappella Choir. This love for unaccompanied artistic singing was nurtured by Montague’s successors, Mozart Frazier, Aldrich Adkins, Oscar Henry, Eugene Simpson, Carl Harris and Johnnella Lucas Edmonds, who recently retired from the university as principal. choral activities after a 50-year tenure in the department. of music. In recent years, accompanied repertoire has been added to programs for variety and to provide a more balanced exposure to great choral literature. Past collaborations have included performances with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in the presentation of works such as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahms’ Requiems and Verdi Ginastera’s Psalm 150, Honegger’s King David, Vaughan’s Serenade in Music Williams and Scenes from the Life of Undine Smith Moore. of a martyr.
Currently, the choir is led by Petersburg native, acting director Patrick D. McCoy, a 2000 alumnus of the university and alumnus of Edmonds, having sung under his direction in the university’s concert choir, as well as among his former singing students. . Recently the choir took part in a performance of the “Defiant Requiem” at the Strathmore Music Center under the direction of Maestro Murray Sidlin, featuring choirs from the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Longwood, American University and Catholic University with full orchestra and professional soloists. Accompanist Timothy L. Hall is a two-time graduate of the prestigious Westminster Choir College where he studied organ with Joan Lippincott. He is currently the organist and choir director at Christ and Grace Episcopal Church in Petersburg, Virginia.
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