Harding University Honor Choir to present free concert July 22

Each summer, high school students are invited to participate in Harding University’s Honor Choir, a program featuring classes to enhance a young performer’s vocal skills while providing them with one hour of college credit.

This year’s program runs July 17-22 with a free concert Friday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall under the direction of Dr. Cliff Ganus, professor of music and director of choral activities at the university. Fifty-four students are enrolled in the program including Searcy residents Kittrell Camp, Emily Eads and Rebekah Russell. Students represent 16 different states.

Concert selections include “When I Think of You” by Laura Farnell; “Adiemus” by Karl Jenkins; “I’m Gonna Sing” arranged by Moses Hogan; “Song of Triumph” by Dale Grotenhuis; “Geographical Fugue” by Ernst Toch; and “Agincourt Song” arranged by Samuel Adler. In addition, the group will perform a choreographed medley of songs from the musical “Wicked.”

Jenna Thomas will direct choreography for the concert, and Harding Instructor of Music Lis Jones will perform as the choir’s accompanist.

Classes include a range of topics such as choral literature, sightsinging, special music studies, voice, drama, improvisation and song poetry. The classes are led by numerous faculty members and guests including Dr. Kelly Neill, chair of the Department of Music; Instructor of Voice Laura Eads; Associate Professor of Communication Britt Lynn; and Instructor of Music Lis Jones. Harding alumni Kym Collins, Ian Thomas and Jenna Thomas will also teach classes.

Camp counselors are Harding students Maggie Ellis, Benji Holder, Daniel King and Morgan Tunnell.

For more information, please contact the Harding Department of Music at 501-279-4343.