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Spring Choir Fest brings spiritual music

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DALLAN BOYD | Scroll Photography

The BYU-Idaho Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and Women’s Glee will perform at the Spring Choir Fest Friday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ruth H. Barrus Concert Hall.

“The Choir Fest is a traditional mid-semester concert that began many years ago,” said Randall Kempton, the director of the show. “The Department of Music presents a choir fest in the fall, winter and spring semesters.”

Ben Speer, a member of Men’s choir and a freshman studying music education, said he believes those who attend can expect a night of near musical perfection.

“We’re not just focusing on a set genre, but instead are doing a variety of things,” Speer said. “The audience will really get the chance to hear a variety of sounds.”

Speer said the Men’s Choir will be performing a wide selection of pieces: some slower pieces, religious pieces and a few intense pieces.

“There is always a lot of variety and something for everyone to enjoy,” Kempton said.

Speer said the Men’s Choir will be performing a piece by the famous spirtualist composer Moses Hogan, who wrote very intense and moving pieces.

“The notes were kind of hard, and the rhythms were funky, but once you get it down, it just builds and builds, and it’s super intense, and then you just don’t know what to do with yourself afterwards,” Speer said.

Kempton said the Women’s Choir will also be performing beautiful and challenging pieces.

The Women’s Choir is performing a piece by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, Speer said.

Ešenvalds has worked with major international groups like the King’s Singers, and has won major international awards for composing, according to the website, Living Composers Project.

Speer said the students have practiced hard for this performance, putting in long hours and intense vocal exercises.

“The rehearsals generally start with a warm-up of some sort, and then we sing a piece we already know,” Speer said. “This could be a hymn or something we’ve worked on in the past. After that, we start working on a more challenging piece and try our best to learn the music.”

Ian Forsyth, a freshman studying communication, said that after all the work put into practicing, he hopes students watching the Men’s Choir perform will be able to have the same feelings and appreciation for music the choir feels as they sing to the audience.

“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a love for music,” Forsyth said. “Music is kind of the background for my life.”

Kempton said this concert allows the audience to sample all of the fine choirs of BYU-I in one evening.

“We want to transmit a spirit of reverence, energy and joy,” Forsyth said. “We really hope the audience gets their money’s worth, not just from the audacity of the songs, but through the Spirit as well. We hope the students leave the show with a better attitude and feel closer to God.”

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