Paine College students to perform at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Posted by ncarter | 09/11/2010 04:49 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Two Paine College students were selected to be a part of the 3rd Annual Performance of the 105 Voices of History National Choir to perform during Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) week in Washington, D.C. The performance will take place on September 19, 2010 at 5:00PM at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Concert Hall.  The event will be hosted by Dove Award winner Pastor Shirley Caesar, the concert features Grammy nominee and Stellar Award winner Kim Burrell.

Chicago natives, Christian Noble, a Mass Communications major and Tyshana Gardner, Biology major were chosen to represent Paine College. “This is an experience of a lifetime,” Noble said. “I’m really excited to network and represent my institution.” Noble is a four-year member of the Paine College Concert Choir and will sing bass in the 105 Voices of History National Choir.  Gardner is a two-year member of the Paine College Concert Choir and will sing soprano in the 105 Voices of History National Choir. Their choir directors nominate students and the 105 Voices Choir Committee makes the final selection.  The honorary chairs include Jessye Norman, Augusta native, Phylicia Rashad, actress and Cathy Hughes, CEO and Founder of Radio-TV One. This will be the second year Paine College students participated in the choir and celebration. Last year, Stirling Knight, a Mass Communications major was chosen to represent the College.

The “105 Voices Of History” is a HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) Choir National Initiative was created to promote diversity in America’s national venues for the Arts.  It provides a National Platform to increase the exposure of all HBCUs to diverse audiences and its many constituents, from corporate America to the youngest students, who will be attracted by the Choir’s performances to pursue higher education. The National Choir will also provide a forum for the Conductors and partners to share knowledge and collaborate on ideas for program development among their Colleges/Universities.  Most valued, these initiatives will assist to continuously build capacity – A National Choir Initiative provides the HBCUs a National Voice to increase their visibility of the valued talents.
The 105 Voices of History National Choir--including one singer from each of the nation's 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities will perform traditional choral works and spirituals, as well as selections from gospel and jazz. The conductors for this concert are Dr. Wayne Barr (Tuskegee University), Jeremy Winston (Wilberforce University), D'Walla Simmons Burke (Winston-Salem State University), and Dr. Curtis Everett Powell (Delaware State).
“I’m really looking forward to performing “Around Midnight by Darmon Meader,” Gardner said. Gardner and Noble have tirelessly rehearsed in preparation for the performance. They’ve traveled to Columbia, South Carolina to Benedict College to rehearse with members from South Carolina HBCUs.

Washington Isaac Holmes, Director of the Paine College Concert Choir is impressed by the dedication of his choir members. Their dedication is important because it will afford them the opportunity to earn over $30,000 in scholarships to be used towards their education.

The scholarships are connected benchmarks such as participation in all activities throughout their region, level of skill, and attendance at rehearsals.

“I’ve encouraged the two students to go and embrace the endeavor,” Holmes said.  This is an amazing opportunity that involves high caliber singing and a program of prestige. It is an opportunity I wished I had as a student.”

During the week long celebration students will engage in workshops, rehearsals, tours and student leader professional development seminars.
Tickets are $20.00 - $50.00 and can be purchased via the Kennedy Center website at www.kennedy-center.org.
For more information about the choir visit www.hbcuchoirs-105voh.com


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