Redefining a Choir Performance

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The department of music choirs is introducing different styles in their upcoming concert. The concert is titled “Breaking Boundaries.”

According to a press release by Ashley Pollock, public relations and information coordinator, the concert is part of the “Music Masterworks Series.”

Krystal McCoy, director of choral activities, explained in Pollock’s press release how they plan to break the boundaries of a traditional choir.

“This season we are breaking the boundaries of the traditional choral paradigm by infusing our concert with non-Western singing traditions like implementing a bright, strident tone quality and harmonic overtone singing,” McCoy said. “We will sing music representing African and Indian cultures along with favorite Western choral standards.”

The choir hopes to express the variety that can be found in music. According to the press release, Brian McDonald, a political science major from Salt Lake City, said the concert breaks boundaries while relating to every person in the audience.

“One misconception about choral pieces is that they all sound similar. What I really enjoy about our set for this concert is that there is a wide variety of sounds,” McDonald said. “Our choir hits all of the strong points; we’ve got our classic choral pieces, contemporary songs, as well as music from all over the world. It really is a representation of culture in the broad spectrum.”

These different singing styles are challenging students of the choir to learn new skills and grow as musicians. One of these students is Macey Naumann, a senior music education major from Pleasant Grove, who told Pollock in the press release she has seen this growth in her own education.

“I have learned so much about authenticity and coming together as a group to complete a difficult piece,” Naumann said. “Preparing for this concert has taught me that it is possible to be different and to be united in your goal of breaking boundaries.”

The concert is at the Heritage Center Theater on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Students and faculty can attend for free with a valid SUU ID card. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.


Story by
Jenna Chapman