Southern Chorale, the premiere choral ensemble of Georgia Southern University under the direction of Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, associate professor Music and director of Choral Activities, will perform a free concert in the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall on the Georgia Southern campus, Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
The Send-Off concert is the culmination of four days of intense rehearsals and is in preparation for competitions abroad. The students leave the following week for the Ave Verum International Choral Competition in Baden, Austria and the 16th International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany.
Jeffreys said she applied for the two competitions and was thrilled to receive invitations to take part in both.
“I have been waiting my entire career to have an ensemble this dedicated and talented to even apply for the prestigious competition in Marktoberdorf,” Jeffreys said. “I still cannot believe we were accepted on our first application to this competition!”
Jeffreys said that membership for the Southern Chorale ensemble draws from the most talented students across the university, both music majors and non-majors.
“This trip affords our students scholarship at the highest level,” she said. “Students participating in these competitions and study abroad tour will not only hear and perform alongside choirs from around the world, but will engage in art, architecture, history and current culture.”
The ensemble will compete against choirs from all over the world, including Cuba, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Turkey, Russia, Philippines and more.
Jeffreys believes Southern Chorale’s presence on a global stage will further extend Georgia Southern University’s visibility and reputation. “It’s time to GATA!,” she said.
At the Send-Off concert, the choir will present the entire competition repertoire, entitled the “Tune it or Die” tour, and pieces they plan to sing abroad to represent their home country. Sandwiched between the two competitions are visits to Vienna, Salzburg and Munich.