Eighteen members of the State Fair Community College Chamber Choir will leave May 23 to represent Missouri at the 2014 national Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Coinciding with the nation’s 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the festival will feature more than 300 high school, college and community singers from throughout the country in a musical tribute to America’s veterans and honored war dead.
Under the direction of former commander of the United States Air Force (USAF) Band and former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Dr. Craig Jessop, the choirs will perform a patriotic-themed concert May 25 at the Kennedy Center and will perform again May 26 at the National Archives Building at the start of the national Memorial Day Parade. The USAF orchestra will accompany them.
Among the selections to be performed are “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” “Song of Thanksgiving,” and music from the movies “The Longest Day” and “Saving Private Ryan,” as well as a tribute to the five branches of the armed services.
Students planning to attend include Taylor Bleich, California; Jackie Brotherton, Carrolton; Mariah Hawk, Eldon; Katy Hanks, Hughesville; Payton Rath, Lincoln; Derek Rew, Maggie Hoffelmeyer, Tyrica Napier, Jessica Johnson, and Kelsea Milliron, Marshall; Samantha Dunlap, Pleasant Hill; Kasey Keim, Matt Long and Tanner Wiley, Sedalia; Katlynn Sliger, Slater; Izabella Oswald and Jakob Shull, Smithton; and Cameron Randall, Stover.
SFCC Music Arts Program Coordinator Ron Sayer directs the Chamber Choir.
In addition to rehearsals and performances, the students also will visit memorials and monuments in Washington, the Smithsonian Museum and Arlington National Cemetery, and will attend the national Memorial Day concert on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.