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Chamber Singers return from successful tour

Austin Peays Chamber Singers performed nine concerts in four days during a tour of the Memphis area, Feb. 8-11.

According to Dr. Karen Kenaston-French, director of choral activities, the group of 28 students received a very enthusiastic reception everywhere they appeared. This included seven high schools, a public concert for 150 at Collierville United Methodist Church and an admissions/alumni reception at the legendary Peabody Hotel.
Austin Peay's Chamber Singers performed nine concerts in four days during a tour of the Memphis area, Feb. 8-11.

According to Dr. Karen Kenaston-French, director of choral activities, the group of 28 students received “a very enthusiastic reception” everywhere they appeared. This included seven high schools, a public concert for 150 at Collierville United Methodist Church and an admissions/alumni reception at the legendary Peabody Hotel.

The high schools visited by the Chamber Singers represented an “extremely wide demographic range,” according to Kenaston-French, from Germantown's Houston High School (“perhaps the most affluent school in West Tennessee”) to Central High School in inner-city Memphis.

After each high school performance, the Chamber Singers talked about the music program at Austin Peay, as well as the University in general. “Some of the (high school) students were not very familiar with Austin Peay,” says Kenaston-French. “I was so proud of (the Chamber Singers') whole approach and demeanor. They really took pride in talking about Austin Peay.”
—Rebecca Mackey