Area high school students team up with SUU for combined honor choirArea high school students team up with SUU for combined honor choir

By Tracy Solimeno

Southern Utah University’s department of music opens its doors to choir students from around the region at the SUU High School Honor Choir Concert Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater. The afternoon performance promises lively numbers, a wide variety of music, and a great opportunity to support high school music students within our community. The concert is free and open to the public.

This select group of talented high school performers will work with SUU’s outstanding music professors and students in a two-day experience that culminates in a combined concert under the direction of Dr. Krystal McCoy, assistant professor and director of choral activities, featuring a variety of choral favorites including “If Music be the Food of Love” and “Nothin’ Gonna Stumble my Feet.”

McCoy has a rich background in directing award-winning competitive choral ensembles as well as professional insight into artistic directing. She founded and was the artistic director of choral activities for St. Marie’s Choral Arts, a community choral organization that provides singing opportunities for second graders through adults. She was also co-founder of the Chesapeake Children’s Chorus and consulted with Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the largest choral organization in the nation for older adults.

“This High School Honor Choir provides an opportunity for prospective students to engage with current students on campus and in the Heritage Center Theater,” McCoy said. “I hope the students will create connections at Southern Utah University and feel a sense of belonging while singing together.”

“I am very excited!” said Macey Naumann, a current SUU choral education student. “It is always so much fun to interact with different high school students and to experience SUU through their eyes! It will be great to perform with the students in a more formal setting. We have done master classes and workshops in the past, but there’s nothing quite like performing together in a concert!”

Join us for a musical evening while supporting these talented students. For more information on SUU’s department of music, please visit suu.edu/pva/music.

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