Bluefield University in the News


by | Apr 17, 2018

The Bluefield College Department of Music has rescheduled its Spring Choral Concert. Postponed due to a late winter storm earlier this month, the Spring Choral Concert will now be Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Harman Chapel and will feature the school’s select student voice ensemble Variations, its college-community chorus Masterworks Chorale, its Donna Voce women’s ensemble, and invited guest artists.

Open and free to the community, the Spring Choral Concert is titled “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing” and will feature a program of sacred music. In addition, in observance of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth (1918), the program will include a performance of “Make our Garden Grow” from Candide with guest soloist Jordan Stadvec.

Under the direction of Dr. John-Scott Moir, Variations is a select chorus that performs a variety of challenging choral literature. In addition to on campus concerts, the group tours and performs annually for churches, schools and conferences throughout Virginia. In fact, Variations has performed at Avery Fisher Hall, The Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, as well as internationally in Austria, Italy, and the Czech Republic.

Masterworks Chorale is a voice ensemble comprised of Bluefield College students, faculty and staff, as well as singers from the community. Also under the direction of Dr. Moir, the college-community choir performs large-scale classical works and selections from the sacred and secular choral repertoire. Masterworks will join Variations on a tour of Europe in the summer of 2019, singing in Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest.

Donna Voce is Bluefield College’s newest music ensemble and is comprised of only women’s voices. This select group of singers is also directed by Dr. Moir, who is an assistant professor of music and director of choirs and voice for the BC Department of Music. A teacher, performer, singer and conductor with more than 25 years of experience in music, Dr. Moir joined the Bluefield College faculty in 2016. Before BC, he taught at Crown College, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Wisconsin-Barron County, Syracuse University, State University of New York, Northwestern College, and Kent State University. He has also served as an opera singer, conductor and dancer.

Pianists Harold Brown and Alandra Blume will accompany the choirs for the Spring Choral Concert. Brown has enjoyed a performance career across North America, South America, Europe, and Australia. His formal studies were at George Mason University and the Juilliard School. He has also studied and researched in various musical centers throughout the world, including Germany, England and France. He is currently an instructor of piano at Bluefield College. A 2014 Bluefield College graduate and former member of several BC music ensembles, Hinkle serves as a collaborative accompanist for various BC music groups and programs.

For more information about the Spring Choral Concert or other BC Department of Music events, contact Dr. Moir by email at [email protected] or by phone at 276-326-4258.

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