TNCC’s Choral Ensemble and Brass Ensemble to Present Spring Concerts

Published: April 19, 2007

Thomas Nelson Community College invites the community-at-large to the performance of the College’s Brass Ensemble on Thursday, April 26 and the Choral Ensemble on Friday, April 27. The two free concerts will each be held at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the College’s Hampton campus at 7:30 p.m.

The Brass Ensemble’s concert features festive music of the Renaissance, the inspired and heroic music of the Baroque and the lyrical, elegant music of the Classical era. Also included in the program are solo vocal performances of patriotic and hymnal favorites. The Choral Ensemble’s concert features African-American spirituals, the choral music of Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart, along with selections from Andrew L. Webber’s, Phantom of the Opera. A brass Quartet will accompany the Choral Ensemble.

The spring concerts are the culmination of two performance-based courses that Thomas Nelson Community College began offering within the last two years. Brass Ensemble (MUS 195) was added in fall 2006 and Choral Ensemble (MUS 137) in fall 2005. This will mark the Brass Ensemble’s second performance and the Choral Ensemble’s fourth. In preparation for the concerts, students have been rehearsing bi-weekly for three months, including numerous hours of individual practice.

“The students in the ensembles are not music majors. Rather, they represent a diverse range of age and musical backgrounds. Some students have had only two years of training in middle school or high school bands. Others have played throughout their secondary school years, and some others are now performing with community bands. However, regardless of their musical experiences and abilities, the players in both ensembles have two things in common; their love of music and a desire to perform in an ensemble,” said John Park, TNCC Music adjunct faculty.

Beginning fall 2007, the College will offer a third performance-based course, Woodwind Ensemble (MUS 175). The Woodwind Ensemble (MUS 175), along with Brass Ensemble (MUS 195) will be available to dual enrolled high school students who are interested in earning college credit as a member of an instrumental ensemble while attending high school.

The Brass and Choral Ensembles are under the direction of John Park. Park, a former conductor of Marine Bands and instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music, holds a bachelor’s degree from Elon University, North Carolina, and a master’s degree from the Teachers’ College, Columbia University in New York City. He has performed as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, which is the chorus of the Boston Symphony and sung under the direction of such renowned conductors as Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. He has also been a member of the Virginia Chorale and the Virginia Symphony Chorus.

Photo Caption: The Choral Ensemble presented a holiday concert in December under the direction of adjunct faculty, John Park. (Photo by Marlene Waters)

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