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UC Music Department Students and Alums take the stage for Homecoming Concert


Williamsburg, Ky. – The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Music department presented their annual Homecoming Concert on Friday October 28, 2011 in the Nell Moore recital hall. This opportunity blended the talents of current students with alumni from the past years. The variety of music ensembles presented included Chamber Choir, Chorale, Cumberland Singers, Trumpet Ensemble, and the Saxophone Quartet.

Cumberland Singers performed several numbers including Lloyd Larson’s “Spirit, Shine on Us” and for their final piece were joined by 1999 alum Nakeyae Street as soloist and the Chamber choir for the song, “He Never Failed Me Yet” by Robert Ray.

The Chamber choir followed with a performance of “What About Love?” featuring soloist Erin Cundiff from the musical The Color Purple and several other strong pieces. For their final number, the Chamber Choir was joined by recent graduates from last spring to present the song and dance disco medley “Disco Fever!” arranged by Roger Emerson. Both Cumberland Singers and Chamber Choir are directed by Jeff Smoak.

The last vocal group to perform was the Chorale, under the direction of David Etter. They presented a variety of spiritual pieces and ended with the UC Chorale tradition number “Battle Hymn of the Republic” arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky, during which former Chorale members joined the current students on the stage to perform.

Two instrumental ensembles were featured as well, including the Saxophone Quartet and the Trumpet Ensemble. The Saxophone Quartet performed two pieces under the direction of David Threkheld, including “Swing Shift” by Lennie Niehaus and “Canzona a4” by Giovanni Gabrieli and transposed by Harry Bulow. The Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Patrick Tuck, performed “Fanfare "La Peri" by Paul Dukas and arranged by Delon Lyren, as well as “The Old Rugged Cross, It is Well With My Soul” arranged by Roy Emiliani.

The Homecoming Concert is an annual event held each year on the Friday evening of Alumni Homecoming and Family Weekend. The event is not only special to current UC students and family but also to UC alums who regularly return to perform with their alma mater.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of student; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master's degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.