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Delta State Chorale to tour south Mississippi and Louisiana

By February 27, 2018

The Delta State University Chorale will embark on their annual spring tour March 7-10. This ensemble of gifted musicians, represents the best of students from the choral program of the music department. The Chorale, conducted by Dr. Julia Thorn, director of Choral Activities, is looking forward to performing their music for church and high school audiences in southern Mississippi and Louisiana.

There will be a variety of musical style represented on the program, which is titled “Incantations.” Beloved composers, Handel and Haydn, will be complimented by music of artists that are actively writing today. The audience will be treated to folk songs, spirituals, classical works and a piece that was commissioned and premiered for the Mississippi Bicentennial.

“I have so enjoyed my work with the students of the chorale throughout this year at DSU,” said Thorn. “They are an incredible group of young musicians that are dedicated to learning to sing to the best of their abilities. They are bright individuals who bring to the ensemble a sense of pride in belonging to this musical organization. Their love of singing is evident as they have the opportunity to share through choral music something far greater than they could do as individuals.””As the conductor, I am happy to be a part of this very special musical community,” added Thorn. “I am often reminded of the joy we bring to our audiences and each other in making music together, and I hope that many individuals and alumni in the area will attend these concerts.”The following concerts are free and open to the public: March 7 – North Columbia Baptist Church in Columbia, MS 6:30 p.m.; March 8 – East Central Community College in Decatur, MS 2:30 p.m.; and March 8 – Laurel United Methodist Church in Laurel, MS 7 p.m.A free-will offering will be collected to support the choral program in future endeavors. In addition, the chorale will be singing concerts in an effort to recruit students in several high schools in these areas.