Community Choir: Not Just for Music Majors

Dr. Scott Glysson directing the WLU Singers.

Dr. Scott Glysson directing
the WLU Singers.

At West Liberty University, choir is not just for music majors — or even students!
    “Our College Community Chorus is open to everyone who likes to sing. This spring we’ll perform one of the world’s top choral works, Mozart’s Requiem, so it’s a great year to be involved,” said Dr. Scott Glysson, assistant professor of music, now in his third year as choral director.
  

 Attracting WLU students, area high school students and everyone, the Community Chorus requires no audition, just a love of music. About 70 members are on the roster and a great many are alumni. The chorus rehearses throughout the fall, winter and spring as it prepares for public performances of choral works with orchestras twice a year.  
    “This has been a blessing to those of us who have a passion for music. Dr. Glysson is very talented and his rapport with the choir is just remarkable,” said Carol Couch, former Wheeling music teacher. “I enjoy it so much it’s not an exaggeration to say I live for Monday nights!”
  

The College Community Chorus meets from 7- 9 p.m. every Monday at Vance Presbyterian Church, Wheeling. Students are charged no fee but other members are asked to pay an annual $50 membership fee.
    “It’s a privilege to join with members of the community who all love to sing and rehearse,” said WLU senior Emily Wade, a business major. “There’s a great feeling when we come together and make music, then perform in public with orchestra, for our friends and family.” Wade is in both the Community Chorus and the WLU Singers (student-only group) and is from
Sistersville, W.Va.

    The WLU Singers is the premier student vocal ensemble and membership is by audition only, though any major is welcome. Also directed by Glysson, the Singers tour internationally.

The WLU Community Choir performing Handel's Messiah.

The WLU Community Choir performing Handel’s Messiah.

 “We toured Ireland last spring and are headed to Toronto this May,” he said. “Our Singers are inspiring and wonderful to direct. You couldn’t find more enthusiastic, hard-working students anywhere.”

Author: IA Staff

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