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APSU music to host 1st Choral Festival

About 150 high school and college singers under the direction of a nationally recognized guest conductor will perform in the first Choral Festival sponsored by the Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.
About 150 high school and college singers under the direction of a nationally recognized guest conductor will perform in the first Choral Festival sponsored by the Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

Featuring both the APSU Choir and Chamber Singers, the festival will include three of the top-rated high school choirs in Tennessee: Hendersonville High School, Madison Academic Magnet High School in Jackson and Millington Central High School.

“This is the first such event ever, but we are hoping to make it annual,” said Dr. Karen Kenaston-French, assistant professor of music at Austin Peay and coordinator of the festival.

Each of the choirs will perform individually, and all five will combine for two presentations.
The concert is the culmination of a daylong workshop and residency by guest clinician and conductor, Dr. James Morrow, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at the University of Texas in Austin. There, he conducts the Chamber Singers and Choral Arts Society, and directs the graduate program in choral conducting.

Morrow's choirs have performed at various music conferences and toured internationally for audiences in England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

For more information about the APSU Choral Festival, contact Kenaston-French by telephone at (931) 221-7002 or by e-mail at kenastonk@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer