May 11, 2013 – High Point University Concert Choir Sings in Florence

High Point University Concert Choir
Marc Ashley Foster, director

Saturday, May 11, 2013
7:00 PM
Chiesa Santa Maria de Ricci
Via del Corso, 28 rosso
50122 Florence, Province of Florence, Italy

Program:

Howard Helvey | O Lux Beatissima
Henryk Górecki | Totus Tuus
Arr. Robert Shaw & Alice Parker | Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal
Anton Bruckner | Ave Maria
Dan Forrest | Entreat Me Not to Leave You
Eric Whitacre | A Boy and a Girl
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Battle of Jericho
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Elijah Rock
Spiritual; arr. Williams Dawson | Soon Ah Will Be Done
Spiritual; arr. Hall Johnson | Ain’t Got Time to Die
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Jesus Lay Your Head in the Window
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Every Time I Feel the Spirit

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About the Artists…

The High Point University Choirs, located in High Point, NC, are made up of students from many academic disciplines across campus and who hail from all over the United States. The choirs are divided into four separate ensembles: UNIVERSITY SINGERS, a non-auditioned, large ensemble of 85 singers; CHAPEL CHOIR, the resident choir for weekly chapel services at the university; WOMEN’S CHORUS, a select small ensemble of treble voices; and CHAMBER SINGERS, a select, auditioned-only choir that serves as the main touring ensemble of the university. The choirs were honored recently to perform a solo concert to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall in New York and will perform a solo concert in March of 2014 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, NY.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked by U.S. News and World Report at No. 1 among Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 among Up and Coming Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2012-2013 list of “Colleges of Distinction.” The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 11 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

DR. MARC ASHLEY FOSTER was named Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities at High Point University (HPU) in July of 2009. In his four years at HPU, Dr. Foster has overseen a significant expansion of the Department of Music, with the addition of 23 new music faculty, 85 music majors/minors, 133 students singing in choirs, 8 new instrumental ensembles, and over 375 students in private lessons. Dr. Foster has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and comes to High Point after serving as the Director of Worship Arts Ministries at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi and as the Artistic Director of the Mississippi Chorus.

Dr. Foster received a Doctor of Music Arts degree (DMA) in Choral Conducting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Sacred Music degree (MSM) from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree (BM Ed) in Choral Conducting and Voice from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Foster has served as the Music in Worship Chair for the Mississippi chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and his choirs have appeared at such venues as the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Georgia, the dedication service for the Mississippi United Methodist Bishop, Hope Morgan Ward, and the Annual Conferences of the Mississippi United Methodist Church in June of 2006 and June, 2008. His choirs have performed solo concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City, NY, at York Minster Cathedral in York, England, and toured throughout Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Austria. His youth choirs have toured extensively throughout the United States.

Dr. Foster is a founding member of the Mississippi Vocal Arts Ensemble, a professional quartet of singers dedicated to the advancement of vocal music throughout the Southeast, and as a tenor soloist is a sought after recitalist. Recent engagements include:

• Handel’s MESSIAH at Memorial United Methodist Church in Thomasville (NC)
• Vaughan Williams SERENADE TO MUSIC with the MS Symphony
• J.S. Bach MAGNIFICAT with the Meister Singers of Hattiesburg, Mississippi
• Saint Saens CHRISTMAS ORATORIO at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Vicksburg (MS) and Episcopal Church of the Creator in Clinton (MS)
• Brahms’ LIEBESLIEDER WALTZES at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Jackson (MS)
• Haydn’s CREATION, Carl Orff’s CARMINA BURANA, and Handel’s MESSIAH with the Mississippi Chorus and Orchestra
• MISSA LUBA with Eastern Kentucky University (KY), St. John Student Church at Michigan State University in East Lansing (MI), the Piedmont Chamber Singers (NC), Millsaps College (MS), Brevard College (NC), and Southern Methodist University (TX)
• Mozart’s VESPERS at First Presbyterian Church in High Point (NC),
• Mozart’s MASS IN C MAJOR at First United Methodist Church in Frisco (TX), and at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Dallas (TX),
• Mozart’s GRAND MASS IN C MINOR at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth (TX),
• Vaughan Williams’ HODIE at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas (TX).

Dr. Foster is the proud father of two very active young boys, Michael and Pearson, and is married to Rev. Michelle Foster, an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and a member of the Western North Carolina Conference, serving as Associate Pastor at Covenant Church United Methodist in High Point, NC.

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