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A-State Choir thanks community

Published: Monday, February 17, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014 17:02


Sean Fox, Staff Photographer

Dale Miller, director of choral activities, instructs choir members as they practice “Let the People Praise Thee” on Thursday morning for their upcoming concert.

Tuesday evening the A-State Choir will give back to the Jonesboro community with a free concert to thank the churches and citizens for their continued financial and moral support of the choir.

The A-State choir is taking a trip to Spain over spring break, and it’s all thanks to support from the Northeast Arkansas community.

The choir has performed all over Northeast Arkansas for churches and organizations in order to raise funds for the trip. Each student who performs receives a portion of the amount raised during the event to go toward his or her traveling expenses.

“I am so glad the ASU choir, as well as the Jonesboro area, has given me this opportunity,” said MaeLee Reed, a freshman undecided major of White Hall and a member of the A-State choir group traveling to Spain. Without the financial donations, her trip, and many others, would not be possible.

The opportunity to do the two things she loves most, singing and traveling, is something Reed said she is most appreciative of.

This concert is not only to thank the countless supporters of the choir, but to also prepare for the All-State Concert Feb. 21 in Hot Springs. Tuesday is a chance for local supporters to hear songs that will be performed in at the concert.

Students of the A-State choir have prepared tirelessly to sing as Arkansas’ Premier Choir at this year’s All-State Choir Concert. The honor would not have been possible without the faithful support of Northeast Arkansas, according to Dale Miller, A-State Choir director and professor of music.

The All-State Choir exhibition is also an opportunity for current A-State students to demonstrate their abilities to former A-State graduates who have gone through the choral program.

“It is a chance for (the alumni) to see how much the choir has grown since they attended school here,” Miller said. Over 360 schools are represented in the Arkansas Choral Directors Association, and of those, 66 instructors are A-State alumni.

“Not only do we get to show our talent, but at the same time we can draw students in to check out our program,” said sophomore Matthew Stewart, a theater major of White Hall and member of the A-State choir.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Wesley Hall of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Jonesboro.

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