Concert Choir Releases Its First CD
Tuesday May, 22 2012
(AUSTIN, Texas) 5.21.12 — The Huston-Tillotson University Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Gloria Quinlan, recently released a recording of popular selections performed throughout the years as well as the first known recording of the alma mater. The University’s alma mater was written by the late Fred Waring. Waring, a composer, musician, and band leader from the family that invented the electrical Waring Blender, was responsible for selling millions of records. He won the Congressional Gold Medal before his passing in 1984.
HT alumnus Louie Carrington, a 1971 graduate and musician who has delighted worldwide audiences with classics by Ramsey Lewis, Yolanda Adams, Duke Ellington, and other artists, produced the recording. The CD collection includes Negro spirituals such as “We Shall Walk Through the Valley,” “Hold On,” and “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel” mixed with classics like “With You I’m Born Again” and “Green Dolphin Street.” The selections are accompanied by the HT Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Javier Stuppard; and University pianist, organist, and music professor Dr. Stephen Burnaman.
The concert choir last released its works of classical sacred music, Negro spirituals, and contemporary gospel songs in 1997 when Mr. Henry Milton Washington, Jr. was the choir director.
Throughout the years, the concert choir has performed many different genres of music worldwide, including art songs of America, classical, contemporary classical, standard chorale from the Renaissance to the present, show tunes, and pop to name a few.
The choir has toured nationally and internationally and has rendered music at memorial services for high-ranking government officials and their family members and performed at annual Christmas musicals and holiday events as well as performances at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) events. Quinlan, who joined the faculty in 1998, has guided HT choir members through national auditions and selections for the Historically Black College and University Concert Choir and other voice competitions.
The legacy of HT’s great concert choir directors and accompanists lives through the Marcet Hines King Endowed Chair Professorship. Mrs. King served as a member of the HT faculty for 18 years and was preceded in death by her late husband John Q. Taylor King, Sr. who served as president of Huston-Tillotson from 1965 to 1988.
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