University Singers present ‘We Are the Music Makers and We Are the Dreamers of Dreams’
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University Singers present ‘We Are the Music Makers and We Are the Dreamers of Dreams’

Published 10/22/18

Caitlin Felts


TNE Writer


The NSU University Singers are presenting their first concert of the year entitled “We Are the Music Makers and We Are the Dreamers of Dreams.” It is free for students and the general public.


Dr. Jeff Wall, choral studies director and department chair, said when planning the theme for the concert he wanted to include a balance of both classical repertoire and current contemporary pieces the audience can resonate with.


“Programming for any concert is one of the most difficult things that I do,” said Wall. “I have to consider many different factors such as what venue we are performing in, what pieces my students need to be exposed to at that certain time and how I plan to make a program with an overall theme.”


Wall said the overall theme for the concert derives from David L. Brunner’s piece, “We Are the Music Makers” which is one of the works the University Singers is performing in their concert.


While the first half of the concert consists of classical-styled works including “Ave Verum Corpus” by Imant Raminsh, “Chantez” by Jules Massenet and “Two Scandinavian Folksongs” by Lars Edlund, the second half is comprised of more contemporary pieces.

More recognizable pieces the crowd are more familiar with include “Duel of the Fates” from Star Wars, “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.


While the University Singers have been committing numerous hours in rehearsals, they have also grown closer to one another in the process. In addition to their weekly rehearsal schedule, the ensemble participants in their annual retreat at the beginning of the fall semester that allows them to get to know each other better.


Hunter Coger, Pryor freshman, said she is incredibly thankful to be given the opportunity to be a part of the ensemble and is excited to perform with the University Singers for the first time.


“Singers differs from the other ensembles I have been in because there is a lot more responsibility that comes with it,” said Coger. “I love how dedicated each person is in their music and how supportive they are to one another.”


Coger said she is looking forward to how the audience responds to hearing the various repertoire the University Singers are performing. She hopes they enjoy the different stories each piece has to offer.


Freeman Degraffenried, Checotah freshman, is in his first year of chorus at NSU. He said being a part of the University Singers has posed its challenges.


“In other choirs I have been in they have always taught me the music, but in Singers I have to put in a lot more effort into learning it on my own,” said Degraffenried. “In being a part of Singers, I have made a lot of friends and have gained knowledge that I hope to pass on to others in the future.”


The University Singers concert “We Are the Music Makers and We Are the Dreamers of Dreams” is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Center for the Performing Arts. For questions about the concert or how to donate to NSU choirs, email Dr. Jeff Wall at wall03@nsuok.edu or go to www.nsuokchoirs.com.

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