The Southern Chorale, renowned as the premiere chorale ensemble at The University of Southern Mississippi, will perform a free concert at the St. Louis Cathedral at New Orleans’ Jackson Square on Friday, Feb. 11.
Comprised primarily of upper division voice majors and graduate students in conducting, vocal performance and music education, the 58-member chorale will perform works by Franz Liszt, Charles Stanford, John Chorbajian, and others.
“I think that people underestimate how important choral concert tours are for choirs,” said Dr. Gregory Fuller, director of choral activities at Southern Miss. “It has an amazing effect on the students both socially and musically. I think one of the big things we try to do here is follow opportunity.”
In January the chorale had the opportunity to complete a tour of Jamaica. With an appearance at the University of West Indies (UWI) Chapel, in collaboration with the UWI University Singers, the chorale had the privilege of performing with several dignitaries on hand. Additionally, the group held a concert at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston for the community and local schools.
In 2010, The University of Southern Mississippi wasn’t the only institution celebrating its centennial year. The Holy Trinity Cathedral, which hosted Pope John Paul II in 1993, was also celebrating a 100th birthday. Known as the place for funerals and last rites for important Jamaican dignitaries, the Holy Trinity Cathedral was also undergoing important renovations while the chorale was present.
The School of Music at Southern Miss has more than 500 majors and prides itself in its outstanding performing ensembles. It is the only entity in the state of Mississippi to offer the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in performance, as well as a doctorate in music education.
The Southern Chorale concert will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.