Siloam Springs, Ark (March 7, 2002) - The John Brown University Cathedral Choir will present a choral music concert and worship service on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on the campus of John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark. The concert is the conclusion of the choir’s 10-day spring tour to Colorado. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Cathedral Choir is comprised of 59 of the most qualified singers attending John Brown University and represents many academic disciplines. The choir will present songs in a variety of musical styles, including the traditional spirituals, “I Want Jesus To Walk With Me,” and “We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace.” “Canticle: The Hungry Angels” by Robert Harris and Philip White will be sung in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
A highlight of the event will be the ancient hymn, “Christus Vincit,” arranged by choir member Jeremy Allen. Allen is a senior music major at JBU.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Cathedral Choir’s existence. The choir was formed in 1942 and has enjoyed much success since then, traveling across the country presenting worship services at prominent churches such as First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, Fla.; Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn.; and Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, Texas. Under the guidance of Choral Director Paul Smith, the choir has built a reputation of excellence in cities across the nation.
Smith received his bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in vocal performance from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., and his master of music degree, with an emphasis in vocal performance, from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. He has done graduate work at California State University in Los Angeles, where he was voted “Outstanding Conductor” by the music faculty.
Prior to joining the JBU music faculty, Smith was the principal choral director at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., for five years. He has served as a choral clinician across the nation and has had solo engagements throughout California, Oregon, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. One of his most recent performances was in Carmina Burana with the North Arkansas Symphony.
Completing his fifteenth year at JBU, Smith believes more strongly than ever in continuing the tradition of excellence in the Cathedral Choir. He feels strongly that choral music possesses a unique power to bring hope and spiritual refreshment to God’s people.
John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,600 students from 45 states and 33 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.