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BC Music Students Touring Virginia

Bluefield College is taking its music show on the road. The talented singers in BC’s select student voice ensembles, Variations and Praise Singers, will begin a five day tour across Virginia, March 13-17, featuring performances at six Virginia Baptist churches.

Chris Shoemaker

March 6, 2014

BC's select student voice ensemble, VariationsBluefield College’s select student voice ensemble Variations (above and below), one of two BC music groups touring Virginia this spring.



Bluefield College is a private, Christ-centered, liberal arts college located in the beautiful mountains of southwestern Virginia, which offers baccalaureate degrees in 18 majors of study, including music. In fact, each fall and spring, the college takes its music students on the road to perform in churches and schools across the region.


Touring this spring are BC’s select student voice ensembles, Variations and Praise Singers. Variations will perform a wide variety of sacred choral music, including spirituals, hymns and classical selections. In addition to its annual church concerts, Variations has performed throughout Virginia and other eastern states, including shows at Avery Fisher Hall, The Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Under the direction of Bryant Moxley, assistant professor and chair of the Music Department, Variations has also participated in music mission trips abroad.


Praise Singers features seven vocalists and a band that specializes in performing contemporary Christian music, including praise and worship and other styles. Under the direction of Susan Allen, instructor of music, the contemporary Christian group participates in regular recording projects and serves as a worship team on the BC campus.


Among the churches on the Variations and Praise Singers spring 2014 tour are a number with Bluefield College connections, including Beale Memorial Baptist Church in Tappahannock, Virginia, where former BC music major Marcus Vaughan (’08) is now the minister of music; Providence Baptist Church in Hayes, Virginia, the home church of 2005 BC music alumna Alyson Ridge; Round Hill Baptist Church in King George, Virginia, where 1986 BC music alumna Donna Berry Barnum is minister of music; Howertons Baptist Church in Dunnsville, Virginia, the home church of current BC music students Megan and Mallory Campbell; and First Baptist Church of Ridgeway, Virginia, the home church of music student Garrett Sirt.


The complete concert schedule for the Bluefield College Spring ’14 Choir Tour includes:

Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Beale Memorial Baptist Church
Tappahannock, VA

Friday, March 14, 7 p.m.
Providence Baptist Church
Hayes, VA

Saturday, March 15, 7 p.m.
Round Hill Baptist Church
King George, VA

Sunday, March 16, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Tappahannock, VA

Sunday, March 16, 6 p.m.
Howertons Baptist Church
Dunnsville, VA

Monday, March 17, 6:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church
Ridgeway, VA.


For more information about the BC music tour or the Department of Music, visit the Bluefield College web site at, or contact the BC Office of Public Relations by email at or by phone at 276-326-4212.




Marcialyn Ellis

It is great they are going on tour again. I wish they were coming to the Richmond area. Please consider this area when they tour again. :)

Patricia Frinks

I toured with the choir in 1964 & 1965. It was a wonderful experience. I hope you can sing in the NoVa area in the not too distant future.

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