Rio to host inaugural Cantate Choral Festival

February 5, 2013

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Talented young vocalists from five area high schools will grace the stage at the University of Rio Grande / Rio Grande Community College on Saturday, Feb. 23 for the inaugural Cantate Choral Festival hosted by the Fine Arts Department.

The daylong event is free to participants and the public, with performances scheduled to start in the Alphus Christensen Theatre located within the Berry Fine & Performing Arts building at 1 p.m. and ending around 5:30 p.m. Participating schools include Gallia Academy High School, Jackson High School, South Webster High School, River Valley High School and Cabell Midland High School.

“Cantate is a wonderful new opportunity on every front, and promises to be a positive and educational experience for everyone involved,” said Dr. Sarin Williams, Director of Choral Activities at Rio Grande. “We’re thrilled to host such an event for our area high schools. It’s a tremendous opportunity for the choirs, choir directors and our college students to interact and learn from each other. The festival will better prepare everyone for contest later this spring.”

Each participating chorus will perform 2-3 selections for a panel of clinicians composed of Dr. Williams; Dr. David Lawrence, Associate Provost and former Director of Choral Activities at Rio Grande; and adjunct professor of voice Valerie Tanner. Choir directors will receive written comments from each clinician and an on-stage clinic from one. No ratings or rankings will be given.

“Our region produces exceptional vocal talent,” Dr. Lawrence said. “I am pleased and excited these choral ensembles will be coming to our campus to work with our faculty in this first annual Cantate Choral Festival. It will be a great learning experience for all involved and I have no doubt it will expand in future years.”

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