The concert also serves as a welcome to School of Music professor Sonja Poulter in her new role as Women’s Chorus director
The School of Music’s four auditioned choirs will kick off their new season of performances with the annual Choir Showcase on Oct. 3.
Each ensemble — Concert Choir and Men’s Chorus, directed by Rosalind Hall; Women’s Chorus, directed by Sonja Poulter; and BYU Singers, directed by Andrew Crane — will perform individually before joining together for a combined finale.
“The Choir Showcase is always a very exciting concert because it’s the first show with the newly-formed choral groups,” said Crane. “We spend a whole week auditioning hundreds of singers, purchasing new choral uniforms and learning new music. It is then the first chance for each group to ‘show what they’ve got’ to our audience.”
The BYU Singers will perform an arrangement of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” an early 20th-century piece of Russian Orthodox music and a Puerto Rican folk song.
The concert bears special significance for Women’s Chorus as the choir takes the de Jong Concert Hall stage for the first time under new director Sonja Poulter, following the retirement of Jean Applonie earlier this year.
Women’s Chorus will perform an arrangement of “Rejoice, the Lord is King” by Dan Forrest, Stephen Sondheim’s classic “Sweeney Todd” ballad “Not While I’m Around,” arranged by Barlow Bradford, and Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory’s powerful “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down.”
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