Cathedral Choir Presents Ireland Tour Concert

Siloam Springs, Ark (May 1, 2003) — The John Brown University Cathedral Choir will present a choral music concert on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Siloam Springs. The concert is free and open to the public.

The 54-member Cathedral Choir will perform musical pieces from a variety of styles, including American folk hymns and spirituals. Other features in the spring 2003 program include: a Zimbabwe greeting titled, “Sorida,” by Rosephayne Powell and the four-part men’s piece “Vocalise,” by Wilbur Chenoweth.

This year the choir has replaced its traditional national spring break travel schedule with an international tour. 44 members of the Cathedral Choir will travel to Northern Ireland on May 16 for a tour schedule that includes performances in Dundrum, Belfast, and Ballynahinch. The group will use a couple of days for recording sessions at the Down Cathedral in County Down, Northern Ireland, before making their trip up the North coast and returning home May 30. There will be an offering taken at upcoming area concerts to help defray the Ireland Tour costs. The choir will also be taking pre-orders for the CD of their May recording during these concerts.

The Cathedral Choir has enjoyed much success since its inception in 1942. Members have traveled across the country presenting concerts in churches from Orlando, Fla., and Knoxville, Tenn., to Dallas, Texas. Under the guidance of Choral Director Paul Smith, the choir has built a reputation of excellence in cities around the nation.

Smith earned 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 completed graduate work at California State University in Los Angeles, where music faculty voted him ‘Outstanding Conductor.’

Prior to joining the JBU music faculty, Smith served as the principal choral director at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., for five years. He has taught as a choral clinician in several schools across the United States and has appeared in solo engagements throughout California, Oregon, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. He performed recently in “Carmina Burana” with the North Arkansas Symphony.

Completing his seventeenth year with the Cathedral Choir, Smith continues to passionately pursue the tradition of choral excellence at JBU. He believes strongly in the unique power of choral music to bring hope and spiritual refreshment.

For more information about this concert event and other Cathedral Choir concerts, contact Becky in the JBU music department at (479) 524-7154.