JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY CATHEDRAL CHOIR TO PERFORM

Siloam Springs, Ark (February 8, 1998) — SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (February 8, 1998) - The John Brown University Cathedral Choir will present concerts of choral music on:

March 8 - Sunday - Central United Methodist Church - 8:30 am/11:00 am 2535 West New Hope Road Rogers, AR 72758 479.636.1630 Karen Brown, Contact Person

March 15 - Sunday - Faith Lutheran Church - 8:30 am/9:45 am 1000 Spain NE Albuquerque, NM 87111 505.296.0762 Ms. Sue Kil, Music Director

March 15 - Sunday - Del Norte Baptist Church - 6:30 pm 5800 Montgomery NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505.881.9711 David Red, Minister of Music

March 16 - Monday - Hope Christian School Choral Class - 11:30 am 6800 Palomas NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505.822.8868 Patricia Meis, Choral Director

March 16 - Monday - Albuquerque Bible Chruch - 7:00 pm 320 Montana Road NW Albuquerque, NM 87107 505.344.5329 Jason Ham, Pastor

March 17 - Tuesday - Smith Auditorium - 7:00 pm 1300 Diamond Los Alamos, NM 87544 Hosted by: First Baptist and White Rock Baptist Chruches 505.822.8868 Chuck McCullough, Pastor White Rock

March 18 - Wednesday - Flickenger Center - 7:00 pm 1110 N. New York Ave. Alamogordo, NM 505.437.3811 (business phone) Lou Ellen Wilson, Contact Person

March 19 - Thursday - Christ's Church - 7:00 pm 2200 N. Sycamore Ave. Roswell, NM 88201 505.623.4110 Stan Harbor, Pastor

March 22 - Sunday - Kirk-of-the-Hills Presbyterian Chruch - 7:00 pm 4102 East 61st Street Tulsa, OK 74136 918.494.7088 Doug Snook, Minister of Music

March 24 - Tuesday - Cathedral of the Ozarks - 7:30 pm John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR 72761 479.524.7265 Nancy Netherton, Contact Person

The concerts are a part of a spring break tour to three states. The concerts are free and open to the public.

The Cathedral Choir is comprised of 54 of the most qualified singers attending JBU, and represents many academic disciplines. The Cathedral Choir will perform songs from a variety of musical styles, including spirituals like, I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, arranged by Moses Hogan; American hymns and songs arranged by Benjamin Harlan, including, Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee; a Russian piece by Rachmaninoff from his All-Night Vigil, entitled Come, Let us Worship; a tone poem by Rene Clausen about God's Creation, Tonight Eternity Alone; and a John Brown University Cathedral Choir tradition for over 50 years, A Might Fortress Is Our God.

The Cathedral Choir has a long-standing tradition of excellence since its beginning in 1942. The choir has traveled extensively across the United States and has presented concerts in well-known churches like Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colo.; First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Fla.; First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas and First Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Ark.

"The choir seeks to enrich the spiritual lives of our audiences through the coming together of high choral art and inspired lyrics," said Paul Smith, director of the choir and assistant professor of music at JBU.

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, also an emphasis in vocal performance, from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. He has also 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 at Anderson, Ind., for five years. He has also served as a choral clinician across the nation and has had solo engagements throughout California, Oregon, Indiana, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Since 1919, John Brown University, an interdenominational, Christian university, has provided top-quality Christ-centered higher education. JBU embraces a three-fold emphasis on training the "Head, Heart, and Hand" of her 1,300 students from over 40 states and 30 countries.

For the fourth straight year, U.S. News & World Report named JBU as one of the "10 Best" regional liberal arts colleges in the South in its 1998 America's Best Colleges Annual Guide. JBU was also named to the 1997-1998 Templeton Honor Roll for Character Building Colleges by the John Templeton Foundation. JBU has been a member of the honor roll since its inception in 1988.