Every four years the Missouri Music Educators Association presents an All-Collegiate Choir at their annual in-service workshop/conference at TanTar A at the Osage Beach Missouri on January 26, 27, 28 and 29. Moberly Area Community College students selected into this select choir were April Day (Columbia), Leighanna Bonnett(Macon), Joshua Thorpe (Centralia), and Joshua Admire (Centralia). The choir was comprised of 173 students from 27 different Missouri colleges and universities. After hours of practice, the students presented a concert on Friday, January 28 at 8:30 p.m. to the Missouri Music Educators and parents. The choral selections chosen for the concert were: Tristis anima mea by Johan Kuhnau, Ave Maris Stella by Trond Kverno, Arma Luci-The Armour of Light by Jackson Berkey, and Great Day by Warren Martin.
Dr. Richard Sparks was the guest conductor/clinician. Dr. Sparks is the Chair of Conducting and Ensembles at the University of North Texas. He is the founder of the Seattle Pro Musica ensemble and is also the conductor of the Pro Coro Canada, a professional chamber choir. He is also an expert on the Swedish choral sound, and won the American Choral Directors Association's coveted Juluis Herford Award in 1997. The accompanist for the group was Rachel AuBuchon, who serves on the faculty of Stephens College.
These four honored students will be featured in a choral selection in the MACC Singers Spring Concert, directed by Karen Werner, on May 3, 2011, at 7:00 p.m in the MACC Auditorium.
MACC students chosen for the Missouri All-Collegiate Choir were (L to R) Joshua Thorpe, April Day, Dr. Robert Collins (conductor), Leighann Bonnett, and Joshua Admire.