The Blinn College Select Choral Ensemble, directed by Instructor Chris Hoffman, hosts its second annual spring vocal arts concert on the Bryan campus April 28 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public in the Barbara Pearson Banquet Room, Building E Student Center (map).
The first half of the program will include choral masterworks from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary eras. The second half of the concert will feature modern choral styles – gospel, pop and even an arrangement of a piece from the hit TV series "Glee."
Hoffman said attendees will also enjoy performances from Broadway hits such as "RENT" and "Wicked." The Blinn-Bryan choir of 14 students will be accompanied on piano by Jaime Crouse.
The choir, launched by the Division of Fine Arts in fall 2009, continues to attract interested students who never before had an option to let their vocal chords loose at Blinn’s Bryan campus.
According to Hoffman, students are joining choir from backgrounds and interests as diverse as the college’s own offerings.
Nursing major Lauren Yarbrough, of Belton, summarized the feelings of many of her classmates in the new choir.
“It brings me closer to people who are completely different, yet we have one love and it is singing,” Yarbrough said. “Choir is a way for me to release my stress of the day and just let loose and have fun.”
Music major Caitlin Johnson, of Caldwell, was headed for medical school before music at Blinn caught her ear and changed her life’s direction.
"Choir and voice study have literally changed my life," Johnson said. "I didn't even know I could sing! Three semesters ago, I still thought I wanted to be in the medical field. Then I took choir and voice study and suddenly realized what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I love music, and being in the Blinn Choir has helped me to express that love."