Summer concert featured graduate choral conducting students

Summer ConcertA summer choral concert was held on Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Sydnor Performance Hall to highlight the work of students in the Lynchburg College Master of Arts in Music program. The concert is free and open to the public.

Student conductors directed the LC Choral Union Practicum Choir with David Hill accompanying the concert. Four students were featured on the program:

Jason Whitson, choir director at Volunteer High School in Church Hill, Tenn., conducted “Ave Maria” by Javier Busto and “The Last Words of David” by Randall Thompson.

Dennis Gilbar, choral conductor, directed “The May Night (Die Mainacht)” by  Johannes Brahms and “Kyrie eleison” from the Maria Theresa Mass  by Joseph Haydn. Soloists will be Theresa Beem, soprano; Brooke Neblett, alto; Tevin War, tenor; Derrick Thompson, bass.

Jeremy Craft, choir director at Jefferson Forest High School and Forest Middle School, conducted “How Lovely Are the Messengers” from the oratorio St. Paul, Opus 36 by Felix Mendelssohn  and “Dawn” by  American composter Eric William Barnum.

Jennifer Jarrett, music teacher in Newport News Public Schools and director of Menchville High School choir, directed “Ubi Caritas” by Ola Gjeilo and “Things that Never Die” by Lee Dengler.

Lynchburg College’s Master of Arts in Music Program is an intensive six-week summer graduate program in choral or instrumental conducting that 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, is program director.