Siloam Springs, Ark (February 19, 1999) - The John Brown University Cathedral Choir will present a worship service of choral music at 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Sunday March 21, at the Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church located at 1600 East State Rd. in Fairview, Okla. This concert is part of a spring break tour to the greater Dallas area. The concert is open to the public at no charge. For more information, contact James Suderman at 580-227-4730.

The Cathedral Choir is comprised of 56 of the most qualified singers attending JBU, and represents many academic disciplines. The Cathedral Choir will perform songs from a variety of musical styles from the Renaissance through the Twentieth Century. Included on the program will be Mendelssohn’s Verleih’ uns Frieden, Karl H. Graun’s setting of Isaiah 53:4 Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs, the spirituals Deep River and I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit and the traditional A Mighty 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 First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Fla., First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, First Baptist Church of Fort Smith, Ark., and Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Okla.

"Our wide range of music this spring will encompass many choral periods and styles," said Paul Smith, choir director and assistant professor of music at JBU. "Hopefully, the music will lead the audience in a worship experience."

Smith received his bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in vocal performance from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas., and his master of music degree, also with an emphasis in vocal performance, from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. 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, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Completing his twelfth year at JBU, Smith believes more than ever that the first rate tradition of this choir lives on through continued excellence. He feels strongly that choral music possesses a unique power to bring hope and spiritual refreshment.

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 1,400 students from over 44 states and 38 countries.

For ten consecutive years, JBU has been on the John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll of Character Building colleges. The University has also been repeatedly included in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top regional colleges and universities.

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