Chamber Singers Conclude Southern States Tour with Little Rock ACDA Performance

| March 24, 2014
Webster University Chamber Singers were one of five university choirs selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association southwestern division conference in Little Rock, Ark.

Under the direction of Trent Patterson, Webster University Chamber Singers were one of five university choirs selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association southwestern division conference in Little Rock, Ark.

Webster University Chamber Singers closed out their Southern States performance tour on Saturday with a concert at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) southwestern division conference in Little Rock, Ark.

Of the 34 universities that submitted performance applications, only five collegiate choirs were selected to appear at the 2014 conference in Little Rock, through a blind audition process. This was the first performance of a Webster University choir at an ACDA conference and also the first time that any university in the St. Louis region appeared on a divisional ACDA conference program.

Proud department chair dismantles the Webster booth at the ACDA conference.

Proud department chair Jeffrey Carter dismantles the Webster booth after the Chamber Singers earned a standing ovation at the ACDA conference.

According to the ACDA, it is “a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching … and strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music’s position in American society.” The Southwestern Division is comprised of seven states: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

During this tour, Trent Patterson, director of Choral Studies and Music Education, led the 20 singers in high school visits, an exchange concert at Vanderbilt University, and a Nashville, Tenn. area full concert. The students also visited the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. With different repertoire, the performance tour came less than two months after the Chamber Singers’ January appearance at the state music educators’ conference.

“We’ve watched this group grow and change over the last four years, under Trent Patterson’s inspired leadership,” said Department of Music chair Jeffrey Carter, who attended the final concert in Little Rock. “The kids sang their hearts out on Saturday. Standing ovations are hard to find at ACDA convention, but Chamber Singers earned one. This was a mountain-top for the kids, a best-of-his-career day for Trent, and a wonderful day of national recognition for Webster. That this was a first-ever for Webster and the students and for Trent only added to the joy and excitement.”

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