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Members of the community who want to see Mississippi Stateâ€™s Homecoming weekend start off on a musical note should look no further than First Baptist Church this evening.
The church will host the fall concert for MSUâ€™s choral ensembles at 7:30 p.m. today. The concert is free and open to the public. The MSU Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and the Men of Maroon and White will all perform during the concert. A variety of works are on the program for tonightâ€™s performance.
The choir will be conducted by Dr. James Bruce Lesley, choral program director at MSU, and by student conductor Matthew Chisholm, who will also play the organ. First Baptist pianist Nora Sills and music minister Tom Jenkins will also assist in the performance.
â€śI am delighted to have the opportunity to rehearse and conduct this group of young people,â€ť said Lesley.
MSU choir concerts regularly draw capacity audiences to hear the students sing. Tonightâ€™s concert will offer much for the audience to enjoy, said Chisholm, a graduate student in accounting from Tupelo.
â€śWhen I look at this concert, I see more than just words and notes.Â I see an encompassing experience that will capture the audienceâ€™s heart from the downbeat,â€ť Chisholm said. â€śThe flow of the program and diversity of repertoire are outstanding.Â Accompanying this choir from both the organ and piano is one of the most empowering experiences imaginable.â€ť
For the more than 120 students who perform in the concert choir, there is nothing more enjoyable.
â€śChoir for me is a much-needed escape from the intense studying of all of my science courses. Over the past three years, I am amazed every time I hear the choir sing and to be a part of a group of passionate students with the drive to perform at their best,â€ť said Andrew Nelson, a senior animal and dairy science/pre-veterinary medicine major from Jackson, Tenn.
â€śDr. Lesley is an excellent mentor and friend to all the students; he is truly gifted at helping everyone reach their highest potential.â€ť
Amy Lea, a senior international business major from Conyers, Ga., agrees.
â€śWhile I am pursuing my education at Mississippi State, participating in the choir has been my favorite activity throughout my college career.Â It has taught me invaluable lessons which I will continue to treasure after graduation,â€ť Lea said.