CCC Choral Festival Features Spectacular Finale with Standing Ovations for Five HBCU Choirs
CLARKSDALE -The spectacular finale of five combined college choirs skyrocketing the powerful lyrics of “Order My Steps,” beyond the Pinnacle rooftop at Coahoma Community College Sunday night earned cheers and standing ovations from an audience of 700.
Exceeding predictions from a welcome by Dr. Vivian Presley, CCC president, wishing all “A night to remember ,” the event featured mini-concerts from Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
Closing the program, the choirs from Alcorn State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College, the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Vesper Choir, and CCC came together for the finale with Katisha Ray Carr as soloist.
With men formally attired in tuxedos, white tie and tails or blazers emblazoned with school insignia paired with striped ties, the women wore black gowns - some with sparkles - others with pearl necklaces, or blazers with insignia.
The MVSU Singers opened the Choral Festival with student guest conductor Johnny Kimbrough conducting before director Dr. John Weiss took charge.
Donna Schaffer directed the Alcorn State University Concert Choir including two soloists, and a flute solo.
Dorothy Lee Jones directed the Rust College choir with bass Theoplis Walton as soloist in “How Great Thou Art.”
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir was directed by Dr. Michael Bates and Melissa Davis with soloists Neosha Evans and Daniel Farm.
Coahoma’s Kelvin Towers directed the CCC Choir with soloists Tylann Haggan, Eddie Jackson, Michael Johnson, and Quintarus Gardner with MVSU music chairman Dr. Alphonso Sanders playing saxophone for the arrangement of “Deep River.”
Towers also conducted the concert finale, and announced that the CCC Choir’s Christmas Concert with the Memphis Symphony Chamber Orchestra is scheduled Monday, Dec. 3.