USAO Concert Choir, Pioneer Elementary Honor Choir join in collaborative concert

Photo of the 2018 USAO Concert Choir on risers in Te Ata Auditorium

USAO Concert Choir, Pioneer Elementary Honor Choir join in collaborative concert


The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Concert Choir will join forces with the Pioneer Elementary Honor Choir in a collaborative spring concert on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. In a performance free and open to the public, a variety of choral selections will be presented separately by each choir and then several numbers will be performed together.

Directed by Crystal Watt, a USAO music education graduate, the Pioneer Honor Choir will perform Irish and Dutch folksongs, including “Sarasponda” and “Seoithín Seó.” The group will also perform “This is Me,” a popular anthem from the hit film “The Greatest Showman.”

Wyatt teaches kindergarten through fourth-grade music, third through eighth-grade honor choir and directs the gifted and talented program. Her students frequently participate in the Circle the State Honor Choir Festival and the Sandy Lake Fun Fest Competition.

Advanced conducting students Christina Bevien-Guevarra, Madalyn Estes, Sarah Hinds, Denise Kimball and Allison Oliver will lead the USAO Concert Choir in five selections, including repertoire in German and Italian. A contemporary hymn, “Ancient Words,” will be performed a cappella.

The Concert Choir is a mixed ensemble of women’s and men’s voices under the direction of Dr. Jan Hanson, USAO professor of music, and accompanied by Rhenada Finch, USAO piano accompanist. The Concert Choir performs numerous events on and off campus, including collaborative events with local and regional public schools, universities and church choirs.

Both choirs will also converge to perform a number of contemporary pieces, including Joseph Martin’s “Come to the Music;” Karl Jenkins’ “Adiemus;” the Newfoundland folk song “I’se the B’y;” and “Music, Like a Radiant Light,” featuring USAO flute student Lezlee Bull. A number of student instrumentalists will highlight the performance with the addition of colorful percussion instruments. Samantha Shaw, a senior at Chickasha High School, will add her special talents on fiddle, improvising in a bluegrass style.