Women’s Choir performs in Choirfest in the Barrus Concert Hall on Friday, June 1. According to the Department of Music’s webpage, “with seven choirs of varying size, skill and commitment level, we give over 500 singers from majors all across campus a great spiritual, musical, and social experience each semester.” MEGAN SEXTON | Scroll Photography

The Eliza R. Snow Society for the College of Performing and Visual Arts presented Spring Choirfest on Friday, June 1.

Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, University Choir and Women’s Glee performed at the concert.

Together, these four choirs used the talents of over 350 students at BYU-Idaho.

The concert featured a variety of music styles such as hymn arrangements, love songs, folk songs, spirituals and choral classics.
Well known songs such as “Consider the Lilies” and “Praise to the Man” were performed.

The concert also included Mark Burrow’s “We May Not Be Vampires (But We’re Still Men!)” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame,” by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rogers, and arranged by William Stickles.

Randall Kempton, faculty member in the Music department who oversaw Choirfest said that watching the choirs become kind of a family, to watch that happen in rehearsals is very rewarding.

A major focus of each rehearsal was improving musical skills.

Tyler Carlisle, a senior studying piano performance, has been the assistant conductor for the University Choir for the past three semesters.

He said that the goal of the show was to allow the audience to feel an “invigorated spirit.”

Amy Rogers, a junior studying music education, confirmed that Carlisle accomplished his goal.

“I really loved it, watching the performance and watching the people grow through choirs,” Rogers said.

Rogers is involved with the Music Department and knows a lot of the performers in the choirs.

She has been able to watch the students who participated grow because of their involvement in the choirs.

Kempton said that each choir had to rehearse three times per week for one hour since the spring semester began. At each practice, three directors had the choir members warm their voices.

Alyssa Bowman, a freshman studying recreational management, performed with Women’s Glee.

She said that she had hoped that the show sent a “message to the audience that we know Heavenly Father loves us and that we are trying to portray the beauty of the earth to the audience.”

Dancers also performed, accompanying  the Women’s Glee choir.

Nathan Stoddard, a sophomore studying history education, attended the event.

“I thought the performance was well done, well put together, and ended with a bang,” Stoddard said.

The audience gave a standing ovation following the church number “Battle Hymn,” which was performed as the finale by the University Choir.

All students can sign for an audition for these choirs, regardless of singing ability.

For the audition, students sing in front of a professor and are chosen based on how well they do.

Audition sign s are available in Eliza R. Snow 282 B and 282 C.

More information can be found at www2. byui.edu/music/Voice/.