College Singers' concert to feature 'music of the world'

by Darin Allred | Oct 17, 2012 <p> </p>

GAINESVILLE - Music fans should prepare to take a trip around the world as the College Singers from North Central Texas College present their first concert of the school year.

The fall concert, set for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville, is entitled "Music of the World" and will feature folk songs from many different lands.

According to Shane Studdard, the director of the College Singers, the ensemble will present folk songs from four different continents including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Some will be recognizable, like "Shenandoah" from the United States and "Danny Boy" from Ireland.

"Concert-goers will recognize some immediately and others will be brand new to most in the audience, but really accessible and beautiful," Studdard said.

The College Singers are now based on the NCTC Gainesville campus after spending the past few years at various off-campus locations. This fall's ensemble features 10 students from cities including Gainesville, Denton and Sherman, while some come as far away as Houston.

"It's a perfectly-balanced ensemble," Studdard said. "Some of the students are music majors and some are not, but all are experienced singers and come from a background of choral music either in their high schools or churches."

A multi-media presentation will accompany each song with images from all four continents featured in the music.

In addition, NCTC guitar professor Dr. David Tercero will be featured and perform Spanish folk songs.

Admission to the concert is free.

For more information about the concert or the College Singers, contact Studdard at 940-668-3322.

READY TO SING - The NCTC College Singers will present their first concert of the school year on Oct. 25 at the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts. The ensemble is under the direction of Shane Studdard.