Members of the Wytheville Community College Choir had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 18. Members included Director Cynthia Jackson, Katie Carter, Trina Dake, Genie Ford, Oliver McBride, Vivian McBride, Donna Rhodes, Tina Wilcox, and Michael Wilcox.
The WCC Choir participated in a performance of composer Dan Forrest’s newest major work, LUX: The Dawn from On High, as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) Concert Series. WCC Choir members joined with members of other choirs to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International. DCINY Artistic and Educational Consultant, Dr. James M. Meaders served as conductor of the performance.
Composer Dan Forrest has received numerous awards for his work, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the ACDA Raymond Brock Award, and the ALCM Raabe Prize, among others.
This was the third time that members of the WCC Choir were invited to perform in New York. Their first performances was at the Lincoln Center in 2015, and the second performance was at Carnegie Hall in 2017. For this performance, the singers spent approximately 10 hours in rehearsal over the 5-day residency that they were in New York.
Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for DCINY stated: “The Wytheville Community College Choir received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers, as well as their previous experience on the DCINY concert series. It is quite an honor to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community.”
“We are extremely proud of the WCC Choir,” said Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle, WCC President. “Cynthia Jackson does an extraordinary job as Director, and we have many incredibly talented individuals who devote their time and resources to the success of the WCC Choir. This third invitation to perform in New York clearly recognizes their accomplishments. We are very fortunate to have them as part of our college.”
Sprinkle expressed appreciation to the members of the WCC Choir and the many community supporters who donate to the choir.
The WCC Choir’s local spring concerts are scheduled for Thursday, April 25, in Hillsville at the Hillsville First United Methodist Church, and on Thursday, May 2, in Wytheville at St. Paul United Methodist Church.