Harding University

April 22, 2013

Combined choruses to perform annual concert

Choirs from Harding University, Harding Academy and Searcy High School will present their annual joint concert April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Searcy High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

The Searcy High School Concert Choir and Voix des Belles were named Best in Class at this year’s State Choral Festival under the direction of Tina Niederbrach. In addition to these groups, Searcy’s Male Ensemble and Chamber Choir will also perform in the joint concert.

The Harding Academy Chorus, directed by Craig Jones, was named Best in Class for 3A schools at the Large Choir Division at the 2012 State Festival. They perform more than 20 concerts each year and have performed in 36 states, Canada and Mexico.

Dr. Cliff Ganus, professor of music, directs the Harding University Chorus, and Dr. Kelly Neill, assistant professor of music, directs the Harding University Concert Choir. The Chorus sang last summer in five Eastern European countries and was the featured collegiate choir at the Arkansas All-State Conference in February. Members of this year’s 80-member Concert Choir come from around 25 different states and three continents and represent majors in all academic areas of the University. The Concert Choir’s repertoire consists primarily of classical choral music, spirituals and hymns. The choir takes three weekend tours per year and has recorded extensively.

Each group will sing for about 15 minutes in Tuesday’s program, and they will combine at the end of the concert to sing a selection together under the direction of Neill. The singers and directors have chosen songs that are among their favorites, and the program will include spirituals, choral classics and other works.