DSC_0102edited The Department of Music is hosting the Columbia Union Chorale Festival this week. Academy musicians from Takoma, Spencerville, Highland View, Blue Mountain, Spring Valley, and Fletcher Academies will join with WAU’s own Columbia Collegiate Choral and New England Youth Ensemble.

The unit will be performing prescribed musical pieces and perform twice, once at Spencerville Adventist Church on Friday and then at Sligo Church on Saturday for Church Service. Admissions Counselor, Ellie Barker is excited about the Festival,” This event reiterates the Universities commitment to our Music Department. We are proud to offer new and continued opportunities to students of music.”

The performance at Spencerville Church will be from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm and include hymns and spirituals. They will also execute Mass in G, a composition by Franz Schubert. The three soloists performing that night are all current WAU students or alumni.

Soprano Debbie Thurlow, alumna of Takoma Academy and WAU, will perform a solo part. As will Tenor and SA President, Ramone Griffith and Bassist Joshua Hang alumnus of WAU and professional musician.

The unit will then perform during Church Service in Sligo Church at 11:00 am on Sabbath morning. Their musical lineup will consist of the regular divine service fare, anthems and responses for the church.

Chair of the Music Department and coordinator of the Festival, Dr. James Bingham, said he is pleased to work with the young talent,” It is always fun to work with academy voices. If the appropriate musical pieces are chosen, it can result in an outstanding musical experience.”