The Church of Christ on Wetzel Road in Clay is hosting a concert by the A Cappella Singers from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, at 7 p.m. Thursday Jan. 8. The concert is free and open to the public.
The A Cappella Singers is the premier choral ensemble at Lipscomb University. Comprised of 75 members from various degree programs across campus, the group performs a wide selection of musical genres and styles each year, including sacred a cappella and major choral works with orchestra. Recent choral/orchestral performances have included Mozart's Solemn Vespers and Faure's Requiem. The group takes a week-long tour to some area of the United States annually, and travels overseas every other summer. Convention and juried performances by the A Cappella Singers have included the: Southern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association; Tennessee Music Educators Association State Conference; Ascending Voice: An International Symposium of Sacred A Cappella Music; and The Florence International Music Festival in Florence, Italy. Several recordings have been made by the A Cappella Singers. These are available after most performances, or may be ordered from the Department of Music at Lipscomb University.
The conductor of the group is Gary P. Wilson, D.M.A., who divides his professional time between the roles of conductor, scholar and teacher. His responsibilities as director of choral activities include conducting the A Cappella Singers, overseeing the choral/vocal program, and directing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Choirs under his leadership have performed at regional and state music conferences, in New York City's Carnegie Hall, and in venues throughout the United States and Europe. He is a frequent conductor and clinician for honor choirs and festival choirs, and conducted the Arkansas All State Choir in 2007. Wilson holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Harding University and Baylor University, and is the first recipient of the doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied with Peter A. Eklund. His research on the choral music of American composer Edward MacDowell was published by Mellen Press in 2004, and was nominated for the American Choral Directors Association Julius Hereford award for outstanding doctoral dissertation in 2005.
The church is located at 4268 Wetzel Road, Clay.