April 23, 2008
Contact: Jessica Wong
MUW Chorale to perform at Carnegie Hall
COLUMBUS, Miss. - Mississippi University for Women’s
perform Mozart’s “Requiem” at Carnegie Hall in New
York on Sunday,
May 11 at 2 p.m.
Mid America Productions of New York City is
sponsoring the performance,
and MUW’s group will join a mass choir consisting of
several choirs from the Birmingham, Ala., area under
the direction of Terre Johnson.
The weekend prior to the trip, the MUW Chorale will
perform the “Requiem” under Johnson in Birmingham
with the other choirs. The Alabama Symphony will
play for this concert.
Dr. Debra Atkinson, MUW director of choral
activities and assistant professor of music
education, said, “Mr. Johnson felt that it would be
a good idea for us to join those choirs in their
Birmingham performance so that we would be
accustomed to his conducting before we reach New
This will be the MUW Chorale’s second performance in
New York. The first was several years ago under the
direction of Dr. Bruce Lesley. This second
opportunity arose when Dr. Atkinson searched for
different ways the students could experience how it
would be to perform with a mass choir while
accompanied by a symphony orchestra.
“Since we have such a small number of men here, it
is difficult to do major works. This company, Mid
America Productions, specializes in bringing choirs
from all over the country together to perform major
works with a symphony orchestra in Carnegie Hall. It
just seemed like a perfect fit for our needs,” she
In addition to the Birmingham choirs, groups from
and New Jersey will be performing, totaling eight
choirs. Preceding the
Sunday performance in New York, the MUW Chorale will
rehearse on Friday and Saturday and have an
opportunity to go sightseeing and attend
The students have provided a majority of the funds
and have paid two-thirds of the trip themselves.
“We are working very hard to promote the performing
arts here at MUW. It is extremely important for our
students to experience music and theater in other
parts of Mississippi and in other parts of the
country. Our goal is to give these students the
tools they will need to be successful when they
leave the W and go out into the real world,”
The Chorale performs a variety of styles of music
from many different periods of music history.
“We try to perform works of major composers from
earlier periods as well as the newest compositions
that are being published today,” she added.
Anyone on campus is eligible to be a member of the
choral. However, they must sing an audition which
tests their ability to read parts and sight sing.
Students do not need to be music majors, but should
be able to read music. Individuals interested in
auditioning next fall, should contact Atkinson at
email@example.com or call (662) 329-7430.