The Collegiate Singers, along with the BYU-Idaho Men’s Choir and Anam Cara, the Chamber Choir of Idaho, presented the choral concert titled “Gloria!” Oct. 11.
The concert featured 15 songs that incorporated the theme of love and centered on Jesus Christ.
“Tonight’s performance was pretty fantastic,” said Andrew Woodhouse, a senior studying vocal performance. “Everyone was singing at their full strength with their voices open and their hearts giving it out to everybody.”
Woodhouse sings second bass in the Men’s Choir.
The Men’s Choir performed songs such as “Glory, Glory Hallelujah!” and “Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise.”
Woodhouse said the theme of the Men’s Choir set was love. He said part of the message of the concert was to share a love of music with the audience though loving God.
“If we love God, we will want to perform our best because we are sharing our love,” Woodside said. “…We can be vessels God can work though.”
Julie Turvey, a senior studying music education, described the music as a journey of reverence with God.
The Collegiate Singers started off their portion of the concert with Turvey conducting. The gro opened by singing “Come, O Thou King of Kings,” an LDS hymn written by Parley P. Pratt.
“You want to make the music something that’s organic, something that flows as a part of you rather than something that’s detached,” Turvey said. “You become the music, so you don’t have to think about it. You don’t have to second-guess yourself.”
The BYU-Idaho Collegiate Singers closed the concert with the Ghanaian song “Oye,” which featured authentic drummers from Ghana.
“The ‘Oye’ is really fun. It’s just a fun piece because the Ghanaians dance all the time. They sing what they feel,” said Annika Mauss, a junior studying vocal performance.
Members of the audience participated with the choir during “Oye” by clapping, singing and dancing along to the music.
“I want the audience to take away a feeling of joy because of the message that Christ has come. I want them to go away feeling lifted,” Mauss said.
Jake Fowkes, a junior study studying choral education, serves as the choral assistant for the music department and is a performer in the Collegiate Choir.
Fowkes said the music emphasizes praising the Lord in everything people do.
“That’s the purpose of music — to make us better and make us feel something. I definitely want the audience to feel,” Fowkes said.
This performance was the first of the semester for the Collegiate Singers. Mauss said that it was like a maiden voyage for the gro and that the music was difficult to learn.
The Collegiate Singers were learning the music to the week of the performance, Mauss said.
She said the gro was nervous during practice, but when the singers pulled all the musical parts together, they felt confident for the performance.
“We learn to listen to each other, and we become this one instrument,” Mauss said.
Randall Kempton, the director of choral activities and the conductor for the Collegiate Singers, said the gros will perform again at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Hillcrest High School Auditorium in Ammon.