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Jan. 5, 2012
By Brittany Keithley, media relations assistant
(Updated Feb. 2, 2012)
The Madraliers choral ensemble was one of three college choirs in Missouri selected to perform for the 74th annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference Jan. 26 in Osage Beach.
The group also was chosen as one of seven university choirs to perform for the American Choral Directors Association Southwestern Division Conference March 2 in Dallas, Texas. The Madraliers previously performed for the convention in 2008 when it was in Kansas City, Mo.
Dr. Brian Lanier, associate professor of music, said the Madraliers will sing music from composers of the Renaissance period and composers who are alive today to demonstrate the Madraliers’ versatility. However, he believes it was the group’s dedication that led to the invitations to perform.
“It’s a real testament to the students’ hard work,” Lanier said. “They are really talented students who recognized the challenge of the competition and rose to their very highest level of performance. They saw it took more than talent but also dedication that became a real motivating factor for the students to get better and better.”
With the majority of the ensemble majoring in music education, the opportunity to perform will also impact their education.
“Being chosen to perform at these conferences is not something to be taken lightly,” said Jon Logan, a junior vocal education major from Blue Springs. “It is a huge honor to go, and as a future music educator it will be something I can learn from. Not only will performing at these conferences allow the choir to be exposed to amazing performing venues, but it will give each member a chance to network with like-minded musicians and music educators.”
While performing for the MMEA and AMCDA conferences speaks volumes of the Madraliers’ talent, the opportunity resonates even deeper for some.
“We all have worked so hard to be able to perform at these amazing conventions,” said Mallory Brown, a graduate student from Hannibal. “It is so inspiring when we get to sing for others, especially for large audiences at such prestigious events. These are moments that none of us will ever forget.”
Lanier added, “I hope they will take away a feeling of accomplishment and pride. The competition is very keen, but it’s also an opportunity for our students to hear other choirs and sing at a high level for an audience and get feedback from that crowd. Hopefully they will take away the knowledge and inspiration from this experience to develop quite a broad influence.”The Madraliers choral ensemble is a select group of 38 undergraduate and graduate students representing a variety of disciplines and majors at Northwest. In the spring the same students become Celebration, the show choir for the University. This dual-structured curriculum was introduced in 2002 to expand the repertoire for the singers in the fall.
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