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ATHENS, April 19, 2013-- The Trinity Valley Community College Music Department is giving a few about-to-graduate sophomores a unique sort of sendoff.
When the college’s choir students take to the stage for the final concert of the season on April 28, those students will be standing in the spotlight.
The TVCC Music Department’s last concert of the 2012-13 school year will be at 3 p.m. at Dogwood Church in Athens. The concert is open to the public free of charge. Dogwood Church is located at 6467 Farm-to-Market Road 2494 in Athens.
This year’s final concert is titled, “A Choral Tapestry,” said Music Department Coordinator Dr. Byron McGilvray.
“We have a great group of music majors about to graduate,” said McGilvray. “And we started thinking about we could enhance their marketability as they move on and also how we could reward them. These students have worked amazingly hard for the period of time they have been here.”
And so those five students – David Thrasher, Naomi Jorgensen, Robert Boren, Candace Clayburn and Shelby Ballenger – will be highlighted.
Thrasher, Jorgensen and Boren will be conducting numbers that they have chosen. The voice talents of Clayburn and Ballenger will be featured, again with numbers they have chosen to perform.
“They have selected and are rehearsing their own material. The product is theirs,” said McGilvray. “We wanted to highlight them and also to start a new tradition.”
The concert will feature a wide variety of music from numerous genres. McGilvray said everything from opera to folk music will be covered.
While this is the last concert the choir will feature for the school year, it is not the last time those sophomores will perform with their fellow students. The choir will be traveling with the Dixieland Band and the TVCC Brass Ensemble for a week in May. The group will be in Washington, D.C., and will be performing at the Jefferson Memorial and the Library of Congress, among other venues.
Photo: Shelby Ballenger, shown here at a holiday concert earlier this year, will be one of five music majors featured May 28 during the Trinity Valley Community College Music Department’s final concert of the school year.
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