Alcorn’ s Men Chorale shares singing talent with the state of Mississippi

Alcorn’ s Men Chorale shares singing talent with the state of Mississippi

Alcorn State University Men Chorale under the direction of Charles Wesley, assistant professor of music, held recently a series of performances across the state of Mississippi.

On January 31-Febriary 2, 2014, the group performed at Louisville High School, Louisville, appeared at the Golden Triangle Alumni Club banquet held at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, and performed at Second Baptist Church and Church of God in Christ both in Starkville. Men Chorale also gave a heartfelt performance at the Heritage Convocation on the Lorman campus on February 7, and on the next day appeared at an alumni banquet in Tupelo.

During those performance, the students presented spirituals, like “My Good Lord’s Done Been Here” arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs, “I’ll Stand” arranged by Raymond Wise and other sacred pieces, and “The Star-Spangled Banner” concert arrangement.

“Everywhere we performed, the audience received us very well,” shared Wesley. “Students at Louisville High School gave us a standing ovation after the performance of our patriotic piece.”

Men Chorale President Jonathan Hood, a junior majoring in music education and music performance, stated, “Our group is very popular, and one performance leads to another, people love to invite us to their events and we are happy to present them with our music.” Zachary Thaggard, a freshman majoring in music performance, agreed with him and added, “It was my first series of performances with Chorale and I enjoyed the tour so much. It’s a brotherhood that I am proud to be a member of. ”

Encouraging the Alcorn family and community members to attend their performances, Wesley said, “Men Chorale does a lot of in-state travel performing at various venues and we would like to invite everyone to attend our concerts. We are planning to perform at a program celebrating Black History Month in Canton on February 28.”

Founded in 1996, with only eight members, Men Chorale engaged over two hundred students over the years, and this year, has 20 gifted members who enjoy performing and sharing their talents.

“To join Men Chorale, students have to major in music, but we would consider other majors if they possess exceptional talents,” explained Wesley.

For more information on upcoming events, contact Mr. Wesley at [email protected] or 601.877.6603, or visit him in the Fine Arts building, room 306.