High-school musicians from across the state will have the opportunity to learn and hear from master teachers at Friends University. Additionally, the fifth annual Choral Connections Feb. 4 will feature guest conductor-clinician Professor Constantina Tsolainou of Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia.
Joining the Friends University Singing Quakers, Concert Choir, and Jazz Vocal Ensemble will be choirs from Wichita Southeast High School, Wichita Northwest High School, Maize High School, and Hesston College.
The daylong event will culminate with a 7:30 p.m. performance in Sebits Auditorium. Tickets cost $15 for adults, and $12 for students and senior citizens.
Choral Connections is an annual event at Friends University, which offers high school and college students an exceptional and intensive musical experience under the leadership of nationally-renowned experts in choral singing. It includes rehearsals, clinics and master classes led by Friends University faculty Dr. Mark Bartel, Professor Rolaine Hetherington and Professor Ann Marie Miller.
“Friends University Choral Connections is about building bridges between singers and conductors, between choirs and schools, but most of all from one human being to another,” Bartel said. “Music is one of the deepest bonds that we share, and students attending Choral Connections will not only experience great music and a fantastic conductor, but the joy and satisfaction of working together toward a common goal.”
In addition to the performances, Professor Tsolainou will present a seminar for vocal music educators from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Music educators may attend the seminar and all other rehearsals/clinics and the final concert free of charge.
For more ticket information on this event or any Fine Arts events or performances, contact the Fine Arts ticket line at 316-295-5677.
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