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Choir concert celebrates seniors, looks to future

By Laura Traister
On April 30, 2014

ETSU students from several choral ensembles came together on Sunday afternoon to perform a beautiful concert that celebrated seniors' success and offered a glimpse into the future of the choral program.
The concert, titled "If Music Be the Food of Love," featured the Chorale, Women's Choir, BucsWorth Men's Choir and Greyscale. The performance was presented by the ETSU Department of Music and was directed by Dr. Matthew Potterton and Dr. Alan Stevens. A large audience crowded into the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church to see the concert.
Students performed two pieces as an impressive combined ensemble. The first piece was called "Serenade to Music," which featured several solos by faculty members and students. The combined ensemble later closed the concert with an inspirational song called "Sing Me to Heaven."
Over a dozen other pieces were performed by the four groups separately. The Chorale sang the piece that inspired the concert's title, Henry Purcell's "If Music Be the Food of Love," as well as other impeccably performed pieces.
The BucsWorth Men's Choir performed "O Sing to the Lord," "I Have Had Singing," and "Vive L'Amour."
Greyscale's upbeat performance of "Linus and Lucy," which featured beat boxing and movement around the stage, offered a playful moment between more somber pieces.  
The Women's Choir's performed several pieces as well, one from up in the church balcony. One piece, called "Mouth Music" featured unique percussion as an accompaniment.
It was a special event for seniors, who have less than two weeks until many of them graduate. In one piece, all the student solos were sung by seniors. Senior vocal performance student Zach Ross was later singled out to receive an award as an outstanding student in the department.  
It was also a rewarding experience for younger students.
Molly Ellson, a freshman majoring in social work, has just finished her first semester participating in the Women's Choir. She joined because she missed the choir experience after graduating from high school.
"I got to know a lot of new people, and they are all so sweet and all have a hard work ethic. I'm so glad I got to meet them," Ellson said. "I think the seniors are all amazing. They all show 110 percent work ethic while still retaining a passion for the groups they are in, and I really admire that."
The choirs plan to travel to Washington next January, stopping at schools and churches along the way in hopes of recruiting future members. They still need to raise at least $20,000 to finance this trip. They ask for any donation to help with this opportunity that will benefit students, the department, and the university as a whole.
For more information about donating and becoming a part of Friends of Choir, contact Dr. Matthew Potterton at


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