The first stop on the 2019 Culver-Stockton College Band and Choir tour was in Springfield, where the groups presented a concert at South Street Christian Church on Saturday, March 9, and the choir sang for worship at Central Christian Church on Sunday, March 10. The two churches jointly provided meals and housing for the students. Performing groups included the Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. Highlights of the program were Dan Forrest’s choral arrangement of “And Can It Be” (which the combined choirs from Springfield Disciples churches will be singing on Good Friday), and an amazing guitar solo by Culver-Stockton student Allen Gingerich on Eric Johnson’s “Cliffs of Dover.”
The Concert Choir is the premier choral ensemble at Culver-Stockton College, and the singers in the group represent a variety of majors and previous experiences. The tie that binds this group together is their individual commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the performance of choral music. The Concert Choir has performed by invitation at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, and for the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference. It has undertaken a national or international tour annually for nearly 70 years.
The Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble were also part of the tour. These groups perform band and wind ensemble music, and a variety of jazz and contemporary styles in a standard big band instrumentation. Musicians in both ensembles are chosen by audition and must also be members of the Symphonic Band.
Thanks to South Street CC pastor Rev. Janet Given
for this information and photos.