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October 12, 2017


Visual and Performing Arts Department entertains with fall concert


Visual and Performing Arts Department entertains with fall concert singersReturning to the stage for its first concert of the 2017-18 season, the Cowley College Singers, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, and Concert Band impressed the audience with a wide range of music Tuesday in the Robert Brown Theatre.

The Concert Choir presented an arrangement of the Star-Spangled Banner by Tim Sharp, executive director of the American Choral Directors association; “Carpenters of God,” an original text and choral setting by Vijay Singh, professor of music at Central Washington University; a setting of Set Me as a Seal by Rene Clausen, professor of music at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN; and a setting of a portion of Walt Whitman’s poem “A Song of Joys” titled “A Jubilant Song” by Kansas native composer John Leavitt. 

The CC Singers performed an arrangement of “When I Fall in Love” by Kirby Shaw, and an arrangement of the Beatles’ hit “In My Life” by Steve Zegree.

“I thought both of our groups (Concert Choir and CC Singers) did very well last night,” director of vocal music David Smith said. “Starting our concert with the National Anthem was so much more successful than I anticipated, considering the recent controversies surrounding it. I was proud of all of them and their presentation.”

Visual and Performing Arts Department entertains with fall concert bandThe Cowley College Bands then provided a fun romp through jazz standards and the movies. With the Jazz Band, under the direction of Tyler Gauldin, playing Tuxedo Junction, So What, When I Fall In Love, Evil Ways, and Rock Around the Clock coupled with the Concert Band, under the direction of Evan Ricker, performing Selections from Marry PoppinsCaptain America March, and the mysterious Witching Hour.

“The concert band put on quite a show for their first performance of the year,” Ricker said. “These students never cease to amaze me. They are always up to a challenge, and they always meet and exceed the expectations placed upon them. I look forward to working with them to prepare for the Candlelight Vespers Concert that will be on Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m.”

Concert Choir members: Jenny Guzman, Monica McCann, Hannah Nicolaisen, Reagan Pourner, Alex Randall, Saige Sloan, Tristan Barragan, Melodie Hunt, Alyssa Looney, Tiffany Tatum, Unique Wilson, Brielle Young, Ben Chinn, Georgio Davenport, Kamdon Fuqua, Stephan Harris, Jon Lee, Andrew Saysourivong, Adam Young, Julian Cornejo, Jacob Michaelis, Matthew Sinnett, Josh Waldorf, and Kye Wright.

Cowley College Singers: Jenny Guzman, Alex Randall, Tristan Barragan, Tiffany Tatum, Unique Wilson, Kamdon Fuqua, Stephan Harris, Jon Lee, Jacob Michaelis, Matthew Sinnett, and Adam Young.

Jazz Band Members: Kaya Miers, Todd Clubine, Alyssa Looney, Kate Austin, Elizabeth Gregory, Parker Holloway, Brynn Perrigo, Shae Nichols, Kevin Rutschman, and Dylan Thomas.

Concert Band members: Mackenzie Lund, Summer Long, Valerie Hancock, Sarah Manning, Baylee Byrd, Brynn Perrigo, Parker Hartley, Anthony Cruz-Guerra, Libby Gregory, Parker Holloway, Alysha Zerner, Kaya Miers, Matthew Falletti, Corey Firebaugh, Tristan Schoech, Alyssa Looney, Todd Clubine, Geoffrey Waggoner, Surina Cole, Brandon Love, and Shae Nichols.