The Greenville College Choir will perform a concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 1412 9th St. in Highland. The Highland High School Madrigal Singers will also join the Greenville Choir as special guests for this event.
Founded in 1927 by Dr. Robert W. Woods, the Greenville Choir has attained a widespread reputation for performing sacred choral music of the highest quality. During the current 90th anniversary year, the Greenville College Choir will perform in several locations in Illinois and Missouri. A 10-day spring concert tour to the Eastern United States with stops in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., is also being planned. The choir’s tour program includes music from Germany, France, Russia, England, and America.
In the past several years, the Greenville College Choir has toured Ireland (2015) and been invited to perform with the Kingsbury Ensemble (one of the Midwest’s premier professional early music ensembles), as well as at the Illinois Music Educators Conference and the American Choral Directors Association’s Central Division Convention. The choir regularly joins with the Greenville Choral Union for concerts of larger choral-orchestral works such as Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, and the annual Christmas performance of Handel’s Messiah.
The Greenville Choir consists of 42 undergraduate students from various fields of liberal arts study, including the College’s five music degree programs. As the flagship choral ensemble of Greenville College, the Choir presents as many as twenty off-campus performances each year as part of its annual tour. Students’ dedication to the program is consistently made evident by the professional quality of their performances.
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Conductor Jeffrey S. Wilson received a bachelor of music degree in piano from Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.). He earned a master of music degree in choral music and a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Wilson has served as conductor of the choir since 1996.
Greenville College is a four-year accredited Christian liberal arts school with more than 1,200 traditional undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree completion students. Founded in 1892 and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, the college is located in Greenville, Ill.
For further details about the concert, call St. Paul Catholic Church at (618) 654-2339 or visit stpaulhighland.org.
For more information about the Greenville College Choir or Greenville College call the Music Department Office at (618) 664-6560 or visit greenville.edu.