Coahoma Hosts HBCU Choral Festival Sunday, Nov. 11, with 5 Outstanding Choirs, 220 Voices

2012-11-05 | Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations, 11/4/12 – Panny Mayfield, director; pmayfield@coahomacc.edu – 662-621-4157Bookmark and Share


The 55-voice University of Arkansas Vesper Choir at Pine Bluff is one of five choirs performing Sunday, Nov. 11, at Coahoma Community College’s Pinnacle.

CLARKSDALE – An extraordinary musical celebration featuring five choirs and more than 220 talented voices from regional Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will be featured in a Lyceum Series concert at Coahoma Community College Sunday, Nov. 11.

The public is invited to attend this free event at 6 p.m. in the Pinnacle.

Performing will be choirs from Coahoma, Alcorn State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College, and the University of Arkansas Vesper Choir at Pine Bluff.

“Each choir will give a 15-minute concert, and come together for a finale presentation featuring Glenn Burleigh’s “Order My Steps,” says Kelvin Towers, CCC director of choral music who will direct the mass choir.

“Each one of these choirs is an outstanding attraction; their selections will include gospel music and a classical repertoire,” Towers continued.

The Pine Bluff Vesper Choir includes 66 singers; Alcorn, 55; Rust College, 40, Mississippi Valley’s Chamber Choir, 23, and Coahoma, 40, according to the CCC director.

“Coordinating performances for five choirs traveling from many directions is a major event,” ” commented Yvonne Stanford, CCC Lyceum chair.

“However, Coahoma hosted a HBCU concert several years ago that drew so many rave reviews and standing ovations that we have had many requests for another,” Stanford continued. “We hope the public will take advantage of this rare opportunity.”