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High School Students Sing with UW Choirs at Rocky Mountain Festival of Voices Nov. 6

October 30, 2015

Regional high school students will join University of Wyoming student choirs in the Rocky Mountain Festival of Voices, a daylong musical event, Friday, Nov. 6.

The festival culminates with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall. The concert will feature UW’s Bel Canto women’s chorus, the men’s Singing Statesmen choir and men’s a cappella group the Happy Jacks.

Festival of Voices is an annual event that allows high school students to experience music in a university setting by participating in a day of rehearsals, workshops and performances. UW voice professors will teach master classes and lead workshops to support aspiring choral musicians and introduce students to the UW music program work ethic, says UW Department of Music Assistant Professor Holly Dalrymple.

“The vocal professors all have their area of expertise and will be teaching classes according to their personal skills,” says Dalrymple, who also directs the UW women’s choir, Bel Canto. “Festival of Voices allows these students to sing with 150 trained singers and experience an advanced level of musicianship. Our hope is that these experiences will travel back home with them and inform their future music making.”

During the concert, Bel Canto will present “Anadyomene,” a prayer to the Greek god Aphrodite, accompanied by oboe professor Lindsey Bird-Reynolds and pianist Lisa Rickard. Other selections include an Estonian folk song and “One Voice,” a bluegrass tune with guitar and fiddle.

The Singing Statesmen, directed by Associate Professor Nicole Lamartine, will present a traditional Georgian folksong, a set of moving American spirituals, a Taiwanese folk song, and “Art of the Ground Round.” UW Western Thunder Marching Band Director George Schrader will be guest conductor.

The Happy Jacks, also directed by Lamartine, will add a variety of arrangements of contemporary pop tunes.

Joining the Festival of Voices activities is five-part male a cappella group VoicePlay, featured on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Sing-off.” The group will host one vocal workshop with the students and also will perform Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. That performance is part of the UW Cultural Programs fall series.

Tickets to VoicePlay cost $18.50 for the public; $15.50 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and $10.50 for students. Tickets are available at or by calling (307) 766-6666. Tickets also are available at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts box office and the Wyoming Union information desk.

Also during the festival, the 2014 Outstanding Wyoming Choral Music Educator Jan Ellis will direct the Newcastle High School choir in a performance of “O Magnum Mysterium.” The 2015 award will be given to David Hurst from Cheyenne Central High School.

For more information, contact Lamartine at (307) 766-5242 or email

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