The Walters State Community Choir will be participating in the invitation-only Masterworks Series in New York in March to debut composer Dan Forrest’s new work, “Jubilate Deo.”
The choir is eager to share the new work with East Tennessee and has a concert featuring this new piece scheduled for March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Morristown.
“Jubilate Deo” was commissioned for Dr. Henry Leck. Leck is professor emeritus at Butler University, where he served on the faculty for 27 years. He has written several textbooks and is considered an expert on young voices.
This piece brings to life the global aspect of the traditional Psalm 100 text, “O be joyful in the Lord all ye lands,” by setting it in seven different languages drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences. Movements include the text in liturgical Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Zulu and Spanish.
The choir includes students from both the Morristown and the Sevier County Campus. For those making the trip, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The performance is at the famed Carnegie Hall.
“We submitted an audition tape and the sponsor, Manhattan Concert Productions, invited us to attend. A limited number of invitations are given, and we were competing against four-year universities and even some graduate programs,” said Laura Ritter, assistant dean of humanities and director of the college’s choral programs.
“This will give students the opportunity to work on a more challenging score and also give them the chance to sing with a professional orchestra.”
The choir has been raising funds and will be accepting donations at the March 31 concert.
CUTLINE: The Walters State Community College Choir performs under the direction of Laura Ritter.