By Nathan Johnson, Staff Writer
This fall, the West Liberty Department of Music will start a community choir. The community choir is open to everyone to join.
“The real reason why I started a community choir is because the current choirs that we have are hard to recruit for because it is in the middle of the day,” said Director of Choral Activities choirs Scott Glysson. “We have two choirs here, the University choir and the Concert choir. The University choir should be for everyone on campus who are not music majors. I really wanted to recruit those kind of people, but we would run into labs and other classes throughout the middle of the day.
“I also have a real passion for community music, I been a community choir director in Tucson, Arizona and Washington D.C and everywhere I lived,” Glysson said.
The community choir will meet every Monday night for a little over two hours at Vance Presbyterian Church in Wheeling. The concert choir will continue at its normal time next semester at 3-3:50 on Mondays and Wednesdays and at 3:30-4:10 on Tuesday and Thursdays on campus.
“What a better way to get more people involved in choir by moving it to the evening and in Wheeling so that community members can be involved. That way we have more people where we can do bigger work with orchestra’s and everything,” said Glysson.
Residents in the area can look for fliers and other advertisements for the community choir. “Social media has been a big tool for me as well. I also been sending emails to the churches and community groups in the area, Glysson said.
The first concert that will be held in November will be Handel’s Messiah. “I am really excited about Messiah, I done it many times, I conducted it twice and sung in it 3-4 times, so I been a part of it 5-6 times in my life,” Glysson said. “I haven’t done it in about three years, but it is a great piece.
“The fun thing about it is that I do it differently than some other people and I love it, it is a very exciting thing to do. Some people are used to singing it in a different way and I change things sometimes.”
There is still time to sign up for the community choir, right now there are currently 38 community member who signed up and there are still plenty of spots available.
“I feel after the first couple weeks we will see an increase of people joining” Glysson said.
West Liberty students can sign up for the community choir on wins. The cost for the community is $50 for the entire year. For more information, contact director Scott Glysson here.