Community Invited to Free Concert by the JBU Cathedral Choir

Siloam Springs, Ark (March 26, 2001) — The John Brown University Cathedral Choir will present a worship service of choral music at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on the campus of John Brown University. The concert is part of a spring mini-tour in our region. The service is free and open to the public.

The Cathedral Choir is comprised of 54 of the most qualified singers attending JBU, and represents many academic disciplines. The Choir will present songs from a variety of musical styles from the Renaissance through the Twentieth Century. Included on the program will be several numbers from Poulenc’s Gloria; Lotti’s Crucifixus; an American Folk Tune How Can I Keep From Singing; three spirituals; and the traditional A Mighty Fortress is our God.

The Cathedral Choir has a long-standing tradition of excellence since its beginning in 1942. The choir has traveled extensively across the United States and has presented worship services in well-known churches like First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, Fla., First Baptist Church, Fort Smith, Ark., Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, Okla., Calvary Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tenn., and Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas.

Choral Director Paul Smith received his bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in vocal performance from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., and his master of music degree, also with an emphasis in vocal performance, from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. He has also done graduate work at California State University in Los Angeles, where he was voted “Outstanding Conductor” by the music faculty.

Prior to joining the JBU music faculty, Smith was the principal choral director at Anderson University at Anderson, Ind., for five years. He has also served as a choral clinician across the nation and has had solo engagements throughout California, Oregon, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, the most recent in Carmina Burana with the North Arkansas Symphony.

Completing his fourteenth year at JBU, Mr. Smith believes more than ever that the first rate tradition of this choir lives on through continued excellence. He feels strongly that choral music possesses a unique power to bring hope and spiritual refreshment to God’s people.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.