CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Korre Foster, assistant professor of music, has heard the Austin Peay State University music program described as “The Best Kept Secret in Tennessee.” It’s the word “secret” that he intends to change.
That’s why this March, Foster is taking the Chamber Singers, APSU’s premiere choral ensemble, on a tour of west Tennessee.
“It’s one of our most tangible recruiting efforts,” Foster said. “High school students get to hear the name Austin Peay State University Chamber Singers, and they get to see them and hear them. It lets them know we’re on the map.”
The APSU students will spend their days in local high schools, collaborating with students and talking about the University’s choral program. At night, the Chamber Singers will perform free concerts for the communities they are visiting.
The tour’s performances and times include:
• 12:30 p.m., March 4, First Presbyterian Church, Nashville.
• 7 p.m., March 5, Grace United Methodist Church, Jackson.
• 7 p.m., March 6, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Memphis.
• 7 p.m., March 8, Christ Church United Methodist, Memphis.
“It’s also good for our University students because it gives them an idea what professional musicians do when it comes to touring and traveling the United States or the world for that matter,” Foster said.
During the tour’s evening concerts, the Chamber Singers will perform works ranging in style from the English Renaissance to American Lutheranism to turn-of-the-century French music. The APSU students will sing songs in English, French, Hebrew, Latin and Yoruba.
When the tour ends, the group will return to APSU to begin preparing for their annual spring choral concert, titled “Music of the British Isles.”
“In the time they spend together making music during the tour, the choir really comes together not only technically, but socially and spiritually,” Foster said.
For more information on these concerts or the APSU Chamber Singers, contact Foster at 221-7002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.