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HPU to present choir concert featuring guest conductor Dr. John Dickson

dicksonBROWNWOOD – March 21, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present a concert on Friday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. Dr. John Dickson, director of choral studies at Louisiana State University, will be featured as guest conductor for the concert. The public is invited to attend this free concert.

This concert is the culminating event to HPU’s inaugural session of the Secondary Educators’ Choral Conducting Workshop. The goal of the workshop is to host Texas high school and middle school conductors, and their respective students, in a two-day intensive process of polishing and honing their craft of conducting. Dr. Dickson serves as this year’s clinician for the workshop.

“It is truly an honor to have Dr. Dickson join us this week,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at HPU. “As my former teacher and mentor, I know that he will bring both HPU’s Concert Choir and the visiting conductors to a new level of musical achievement.”

Dr. Dickson will conduct the selection “Fern Hill” arranged by John Corigliano.

“Dr. Dickson is the foremost scholar on this particular piece of music,” said Dr. Rosborough. “Attendees will be enraptured by a choral arrangement of the poem by the same name written by Dylan Thomas.”

In addition to Dr. Dickson, four conductors attending the workshop will direct the Concert Choir in various arrangements. Also taking the podium to conduct will be HPU junior Camilla Cotter, music education major from Garden Ridge, and HPU senior Marissa Godbey, music education major from Austin. Cotter and Godbey are both from the studio of Dr. Rosborough.

Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair and tenured professor of music, will accompany the choir on piano.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

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Cutline: Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present a concert on Friday, March 23, featuring guest conductor Dr. John Dickson, director of choral studies at Louisiana State University.

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