Sing a song

Thursday July 14 2011


A summer choral concert by the Lynchburg College Choral Union will be given on Sunday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Snidow Chapel to highlight the work of five graduate student conductors in the College's master of arts in music choral conducting program. The concert is free and open to the public.

Antonio Ververis, a master's student in choral conducting, practices with Dr. Jong Kim
Antonio Ververis (left), a master's student in choral conducting, practices with Dr. Jong Kim.

Students will conduct the following pieces: "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi; "Christmas Cantata" by Daniel Pinkham, "Zion's Walls" by Aaron Copland; and "Set Down Servant," a spiritual arranged by Robert Shaw.

The intensive summer graduate program in choral conducting provides advanced and in-depth training for current conducting professionals, as well as for those preparing for doctoral programs in conducting. Dr. Jong Kim, LC professor of music and director of choral activities, is program coordinator.

Student conductors are:

Glynis Hopkins, music director at Surfside United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has done graduate study in piano performance and piano pedagogy at the University of Iowa and University of Texas and in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.

Kevin Kvam, a California native, is currently teaching instrumental music in South Korea. He earned a bachelor's degree from SUNY Stony Brook and has taught music in public schools in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Katie Pyles teaches choral music at Turner Ashby High School in Rockingham County. She holds a bachelor of science in music education from Messiah College, where she studied voice and oboe and was a member of the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra.

Lee Anne Sheridan, a graduate of West Chester University with a bachelor's in music education, teaches general music in Danville Public Schools and conducts the choir at George Washington High School.

Antonios Ververis is a resident of Greece, where he conducts two adult choirs and teaches music in Greek public elementary schools. He holds a bachelor of arts in musicology and music education from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, and a master of arts in choral education from Roehampton University, London, where he is conducting research on how social and cultural context influences children's singing development.