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Posting Date: February 15, 2010
KSU to host inaugural choral invitational
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KENNESAW, Ga.—Kennesaw State University will host its inaugural High School Choral Festival Invitational Concert on a 7:30 p.m. on March 2 in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The free concert will feature the festival repertoire of leading male and women’s high school choirs. The concert follows a clinic in which each choir will be given advice on how to improve its technique and performance.
Leslie Blackwell, KSU associate professor of music and music education, will oversee the event. “The performers will get exposure to our outstanding facilities and work with us as part of a professional service day,” says Blackwell.
The participating choirs—from Riverwood High School, Duluth High School, Kennesaw Mountain High School, Cartersville High School and Sandy Creek High School—were selected at the Georgia Music Educators Association and American Choral Directors Association conferences.
As Blackwell confirms, “All of the choirs are of the highest standards.” Each choir will perform their festival concert and then receive professional feedback on how to improve. In an effort to create a unique educational setting, the choirs will be allowed to hear the performances and critiques of each other. “Not all festivals have the choirs in the performance hall,” says Blackwell, who is looking forward to the event.
“It really is a professional service to the educators and students,” says Blackwell. Performers will have about 20 to 30 minutes to receive feedback. “We wanted them to have the extra time in a great facility so that we could see everything.”
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.