College Singers, Wind Ensemble to perform at free concert

by Darin Allred | Apr 23, 2015 <p> </p>

The College Singers from North Central Texas College will be performing at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City in May.

But before they head north, they will be joining the NCTC Wind Ensemble and other special guests for a Spring Concert on April 30.

The free concert is planned for 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 30 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Gainesville.

The choir will be joining the NCTC Wind Ensemble for the concert that will feature part of the piece they will be performing at Carnagie Hall. "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi was written by the famous Italian composer in the Baroque Era.

Special guests joining the College Singers and the Wind Ensemble for the concert at St. Paul's Episcopal Church will be Marilyn Thompson and John Dill, who recently renovated the pipe organ at the church.

In May, the choir will head to the Big Apple for a chance to perform at one of America's most historical performance venues.​

The College Singers were selected to participate in a special ensemble of college choirs that will be performing at Carnegie Hall. The trip will be May 7-11.

carnegie.hallShane Studdard, the director of the NCTC College Singers, explains how his group was selected for such a prestigious honor.

"It's been about a year in the making. I was contacted by Manhattan Concert Productions out of New York City," he said. "They had decided to create a festival chorus that is a combination of community college choirs from across the nation. We had to send in an audition video around the first week of school. Then they selected, from all their entries, about 100 voices to come to New York City and form this festival chorus and sing in Carnegie Hall."

The group will be splitting their time in New York between rehearsing for the concert and seeing the sights.

"There are some pretty intensive rehearsal times, but there are also some free times as well because they want it to be an educational experience and a cultural experience," Studdard said. "One of the best choral directors in the nation will be the conductor for this choir. His name is Tim Sharp and he is the executive director of the American Choral Directors Association. Honestly, you don't get any better than Tim. We will be rehearsing several times for four hours at a stretch, but these kids have already memorized most of this music, so it won't rehearsing as much as polishing. We are singing with a professional orchestra as well."

Some of the attractions the NCTC students will be visiting include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and many of New York's famous museums.

For more information on the College Singers, contact Shane Studdard at 940-668-7731 Ext. 3322 or by email at

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