On the night of Nov. 13, a buzzing crowd seated in the Library Auditorium awaited the University choir. As the 60 piece choir trickled onto the lit stage, the women dressed in all black, the men in their crisp tuxedos, the audience fell silent. Their melodic voices began to fill the auditorium.
This concert, conducted by Christopher Munn, presented a range of songs to allow everyone in the audience to hear a piece they could connect to.
The first piece, “A Ceremony of Carols” (Benjamin Britten) consisted of a mixture of slow and up-beat songs where the choir was able to reach higher octaves. In the second piece, “A Day for Dancing” (Lloyd Pfautsch) the students sang lullaby-esque songs. Both pieces had a multitude of songs, ranging from religious and nonreligious, in which the choir shined.
“Each student should be able to perform at his or her best, these concerts are one of the ways we measure personal achievement,” Munn said about the second concert in a series of four.
The student’s had the task of putting together an intricate show while dealing with absentee members, the memorization of multiple pieces and the pressures of everyday school life. Because the students learned to overcome these obstacles Munn considers the choir’s adaptability to be “a very valuable asset in everything in life.”
While the choir already consists of about 60 members they are always looking for more members.
“Anybody who has a singing background who might be interested in the men or women’s singing chorus (is welcome),” Munn said.
The choir’s next show will be Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the UTPA Library Auditorium and is open to the public.