The Richmond Register

October 15, 2012

EKU fall choral concert is Thursday


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — The Eastern Kentucky University Department of Music will present its fall choir concert on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. at First Christian Church in Richmond.

The EKU Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and University Singers are led by Dr. Richard Waters, director of choral activities at EKU, as well as choral conducting graduate students Bryan Ijames, Lynne Thomas Parks, and J. Richard Young II. Also performing will be the Scott County High School Singers, directed by Brent Merritt. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jeffery Ames, director of choral activities at Belmont University, will serve as guest conductor and composer for the evening. Ames, who enjoys a growing reputation as a distinguished composer and arranger, has had his music performed at state, regional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. In 2005, he was the first recipient of the ACDA James Mulholland Choral Music Fellowship. His music has also been featured on “Christmas at Belmont,” which airs annually on PBS.

As a conductor, Ames has conducted senior and junior high school mixed and male choirs at the state and regional conferences of ACDA, and has performed internationally in Italy and Costa Rica. Also an accomplished accompanist, he has performed with well-known conductors such as André Thomas, Lynne Gackle, Bradley Ellingboe, and Anton Armstrong.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to collaborate and perform with such a well-known and respected composer,” Waters said. “We have enjoyed rehearsing his music, and are looking forward to having him on campus. The insight into his music that only he can share will provide greater depth of meaning to our performance.”

The program will also feature music by Aaron Copland, Morten Lauridsen, Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Stanford, and Christopher Tye.

For more information, contact Waters at richard.waters@eku.edu or 622-1336.