Powell, Seymour high-schoolers to sing at Pellissippi State’s winter concert

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For the fourth consecutive year, singers from two area high schools will be featured as guest performers during the Winter Choral Concert staged by Pellissippi State Community College. This year’s guests represent high schools in Powell and Seymour, and they will be joined by Pellissippi State’s two student choral groups, the Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble.

Scheduled for Feb. 26, the Winter Choral Concert continues a tradition started during the 2009-10 academic year by Bill Brewer, the college’s Music program coordinator. Brewer began at that time inviting choral groups from two area high schools, and new ones are invited each academic year.

During the hourlong concert, each of the younger groups will perform a 15-minute set of selections. Also presenting 15-minute sets are Pellissippi State’s Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble. The evening’s finale brings the high school performers onstage to join Pellissippi State’s musical groups.

The choral groups will be accompanied by pianists performing on Steinway pianos, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. The community college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Many of Pellissippi State’s performers are pursuing the college’s new two-year Associate of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in Music. All credits will transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions—Pellissippi State is a member of the TBR system—and the University of Tennessee as part of the statewide Tennessee Transfer Pathways program.

Students who are interested in performing in choral or instrumental groups and who plan to be enrolled at Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester may wish to attend upcoming scholarship auditions. Set to take place on March 28 and April 4, the auditions are for Music scholarships provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

The Foundation awarded 136 music-related scholarships to 57 Pellissippi State students this academic year. Scholarships are open to both Music and non-Music students. Audition times can be scheduled by calling (865) 539-7178.

The Winter Choral Concert begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available, and admission is free. Donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series is one component of Pellissippi State’s new arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

For additional information about the Pellissippi State Music Concert Series or the arts series, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.