Singers showcase talent at Carnegie Hall

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Lauren Benton & Staff Report

      The Northwest Singers and Chamber Choir were invited to participate in the New York premiere performance of Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living,” on Jan. 19 in Carnegie Hall’s Issac Stern Auditorium. 

The choirs performed under the direction of Dr. James Meaders. The performance was part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY).

“We are thrilled to be able to sing at Carnegie Hall with Dr. Meaders and the world renowned Mississippi College Singers,” Susanne VanDyke, director of choral activities at Northwest said.

Meaders is professor and chair of the department of music and director of choral activities at Mississippi College. He conducts the Mississippi College Singers and the Mississippi College Men’s Glee, teaches applied voice and heads the graduate program in conducting.

“The Northwest Singers received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers. It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support,” said Dr. Jonathan Griffith, artistic director and principal conductor for DCINY.

“This was a trip of a lifetime.  I will never forget standing on that grand Carnegie Hall stage, where countless other worldclass musicians have been before,” Caitlen Barron, a sophomore music education major from Olive Branch, said.  “For all of us that went, having this amazing experience was a blessing from Dr. Spears, Sybil Canon and the Northwest Foundation.”

The college provided transportation and lodging for the singers selected by an audition process.

The Northwest Foundation conducted fundraising efforts to assist with other costs involved with the concert production, said Sybil Canon, associate vice president of development and special projects.

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