Springdale’s Southwest Junior High Choir to Perform at JBU

Siloam Springs, Ark (January 31, 2003) — Springdale’s Southwest Junior High advanced women’s chorus, Harmony, will be in concert at John Brown University, Cathedral of the Ozarks on Tuesday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Harmony, under the direction of Rhonda Hawley, is the only junior high choir invited to perform for the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in New York City, February 12-15. The group submitted recordings from the previous three years’ choirs, along with an application to be accepted for the convention. Only 32 choirs were chosen from across the United States and Canada from 280 choirs that applied to perform for this prestigious event. Harmony will perform at the historic Riverside Church, the New York Hilton, and in Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center while in New York City. The group raised more than $70,000 in order to make the trip.

Tuesday’s performance at JBU will include music by David Brunner, Felix Mendelssohn, and folksongs from Ireland, Scotland, and Greece. Featured soloists are Millie Peters, soprano, and Michael Hancock, clarinet, both from Springdale.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.