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TWU music department hosts first joint concert of semester

The concert turnout filled the seats of the Hubbard Hall ballroom, as many guests had attended the event to watch both the Chambers Choir and University Band perform. Texas Woman’s University’s music department held its first joint performance of the semester, hosting the “Nature’s Heart” concert featuring the school’s Chamber Singers choir and University Band Tues. March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Hubbard Hall’s Southwest Ballroom.

A total of 11 musical scores were performed between the two ensembles, each following the theme of nature by portraying different animals, plants, natural settings and elements, the sun and moon and outdoor attractions through musical interpretation. Both groups showcased pieces from different countries like Japan and in different languages like Spanish. 

The Chamber Singers performed first. Director of choral activities as well as the choir’s conductor Joni Jensen lead the choir’s pieces and was accompanied by I-Ching Chen on the piano. 

First-year social work major Candice McCoy, who has participated in every Chambers Singers performance this year so far, said  she enjoys her time singing with the choir on stage.

“I like it a lot, it makes me really happy,” McCoy said. “I find myself getting more itches on my face than usual when everyone is looking at me [on stage] because I can’t scratch my face.”

Senior and fellow Chambers Singer Katie Parr also shared her experiences as a part of the choir despite only being a member of the ensemble for two semesters. She mentioned both her personal highs of the concert.

“My favorite song was the very last one, the snake killing song,” Parr said. 

She also mentioned her least favorite moments during the show. 

“When it comes to lows, I had to work really hard  not to get emotional during songs like ‘Famine Song’ because it sometimes makes me feel like I’m going to cry.”

After the choir finished its set, the stands and sound-enhancing walls were taken away, making room for the TWU’s University Band—an all-inclusive band made for non-music majors that requires no audition to join. TWU’s Director of Bands Carter Bigger conducted the band’s program. 

The band’s program focused more on places and substances found within nature while the choir had musical scores based around natural occurrences and nature’s creatures.

The music department’s next event will be a piano duo performance Wed. March 8 at 7:30 in the MCL auditorium.

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