This Friday, SFA’s College of Music presents Evermore and Evermore, the annual choral and orchestral Christmas concert in the Turner Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
The holiday concert is titled after a popular Christian hymn and includes a variety of religious works, like “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” “What Shall I Give,” “Coventry Carol,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Lo How a Rose E’re Blooming” and “In Dulci Jubilo.” According to Dr. Tod Fish, visiting assistant professor of SFA’s choir, the concert will be performed by nearly every department in the college.
“This Friday we are all coming together, all the directors, the students, even the audience. This year’s concert will even feature a sing-a-long.”
Who will be performing:
- A Cappella Choir. Directed by Dr. Tim King, it is 52-mixed voice ensemble and the premier choir of SFA.
- Choral Union and Woman’s Choir. Directed by Dr. Tod Fish, the Choral union is an audition based choir, comprised of 72-mixed voices. Whereas, the Woman’s Choir is made up 25 voices and is open to non-music majors.
- Orchestra of the Pines. Directed by Dr. Gene H. Moon, this orchestra regularly teams up with the choir and Masterwork concerts.
- Symphonic Band. Directed by Dr. Tamey Angelly, this ensemble requires an audition to become a member and is comprised of select undergraduates.
The concert was composed by Norman Nelson, father of Dr. Kirsten Nelson, assistant music professor at SFA. At that time, Nelson worked at Texas A&M. He wanted to have an ensemble based off of popular carols, but was also full of life and variety. So when he created the concert, he made sure to set up a lot of different performing programs to keep it diverse and interesting.
But in order for a grand concert like Evermore and Evermore to go smoothly, there needs to be a lot of preparation, both on-campus and off. Here’s how some students prepare themselves:
- Warm-up. Singing is a vocal exercise, just like you’re supposed to stretch before doing sit-ups, you need to loosen your vocal chords to wake the body up. Try humming.
- Have good posture. When singers slouch, it puts pressure on their lungs causing them to run out of breath more easily. Sit-up straight, with both feet on the floor and be careful not to lock your legs.
- Breathe. Don’t gasp in order to stay on-beat. If you do, you might end up feeling faint.
- Listen. Pay attention to the overall sound of the choir. It will determine whether you should be singing more loudly or faintly.
- Practice, practice, practice. When singers are vocally confident in their ability, it makes less work and they are able to enjoy the performance more. If you aren’t feeling confident, take a little more time out of your day and speak with a professor.
- Dress nicely. Personal appearance affects how you feel about yourself and your confidence levels. Avoid uncomfortable shoes or tight fitting clothes. Brush your teeth, etc.
- Page turning. Make sure you take out staples or brads in order to reduce noise. Also, if your first song is not on page one of a piece, turn to that page in advance.
- Stage presence. Singers say this is the most important thing to be aware of while performing. A concert can go bad really quick when the ensemble is boring, fidgety or stern-looking.
The Turner Auditorium is located on 2222 Alumni Drive, in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students. However, the concert can also be seen via Ustream at http://www.music.sfasu.edu/stream.php 10 minutes prior to the start of the concert.
For more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 486-6407.
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