Cathedral Choir Presents Spring Concert

Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 1, 2004) - The John Brown University Cathedral Choir will present a choral music concert and worship service on Sunday, March 7, at 4:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Rogers, Ark. The concert is a preview of the Cathedral Choir's spring tour to Texas, March 12-March 21. The Cathedral Choir consists of 54 of the most qualified singers attending John Brown University and represents many different academic disciplines. The choir will present songs in a variety of musical styles from the Renaissance through the Twentieth Century including American Folk Hymns “We'll Shout and Give Him Glory” and “Saints Bound for Heaven”, the beautiful but complex “O Crux” by Knut Nystedt, and several eight-part a-capella selections including popular spirituals. This year marks the 62nd 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 seventeenth 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 top-tier university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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