Music rings joyfully in audiences’ ears

The Community Chorus, consisting of CSC students and Chadron community memebers, sing Sunday during the Community Chorus and Concert Choir concert at the Chadron Arts Center. —Photo by Teri Robinson

The Community Chorus, consisting of CSC students and Chadron community memebers, sing Sunday during the Community Chorus and Concert Choir concert at the Chadron Arts Center. —Photo by Teri Robinson

A crowd of nearly 200 people gathered to listen to the Chadron State College Community and Concert choirs’ performances on Sunday.

Una Taylor, associate professor of music, directed the community choir which included both students as well as community members. They opened the concert with six songs which were accompanied by Bobby Pace on the piano.

Zach Banzhaf, senior of Chadron, sings in the CSC Concert Choir Sunday at the Chadron Arts Center. —Photo by Jordyn Hulinsky

Zach Banzhaf, senior of Chadron, sings in the CSC Concert Choir Sunday at the Chadron Arts Center. —Photo by Jordyn Hulinsky

The concert choir under the direction of Joel Schreuder, music professor, performed nine songs, which he said had a theme of “love and life.”

The first three songs were Italian songs about fire. The next three were about water, and the last three were about joy. A majority of the songs were pretty similar, except for the last song. The title translates to, “Make a joyful noise for the Lord.” This song was upbeat and a faster pace than the rest of the set.

The audience members were pleased. Following the concert one audience member was overheard saying, “It almost made me believe heaven was real; the angels are here.”

Stephanie Steele, senior of Osceloa, sings under the conduction of Una Taylor Sunday during the community choir concert at the Chadron Arts Center. —Photo by Jordyn Hulinsky

Stephanie Steele, senior of Osceloa, sings under the conduction of Una Taylor Sunday during the community choir concert at the Chadron Arts Center. —Photo by Jordyn Hulinsky

The students participating in the concert choir are members of a class on campus. They have been working on the pieces for this concert since the beginning of the semester and will now begin working towards the Christmas Concert.

Schreuder said he encourages anyone who is interested in being a part of any of the five choir groups on campus to contact him for an opportunity to audition.

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