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Choral Groups Wrap Up Spring Season With Music Celebration

05.2.2011

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 29, 2011 ? The community was delighted with the light and cheerful sounds of spring, thanks to High Point University?s annual Spring Choral Concert. The event was held on April 26 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center.

The concert featured 135 student singers, including members of the University Singers, the Chapel Choir, and Chamber Singers, and was accompanied by a full orchestra, made up of students, HPU faculty and community members. The concert also featured four soloist including HPU faculty members Dr. Alexa Schlimmer, Dr. Candice Burrows, and Mr. Scott MacLeod. The concert presented Rene Clausen?s ?A New Creation,? a beautiful work that explores the God/human, human/God relationship and the concept of new life and rebirth.

Dr. Marc Foster, chair of the Department of Music and director of choral activities at HPU, says he has been especially pleased with the significant progress that the choirs have made this year.

?To culminate a great year, which included a performance at the infamous Carnegie Hall in New York City, with such a magnificent work is truly inspiring,? Foster says. ?It was also thrilling to have such a large number of HPU students and faculty playing in the orchestra. ? We are blessed with the high caliber, talented music faculty and it was a joy getting to hear Dr. Schlimmer, Dr. Burrows, and Mr. MacLeod do what they teach and inspire their students to do every day.?

Approximately 120 students at HPU received the opportunity of a lifetime when they traveled to Carnegie Hall to perform a solo concert earlier this year. The Choral Department was selected for the exciting opportunity after submitting an audition recording in the fall of 2009. It is not uncommon for choirs to sing as part of a mass choir at Carnegie, joining their voices with other choirs from around the country; but much rarer is the chance to perform a solo concert.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist

336-841-9055

phaynes@highpoint.edu

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