GRCC to host state choral festival



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Nov. 1, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Area residents will get a chance to hear some of the state’s most talented choirs with a free concert, the culmination of the annual Michigan Community College Choral Festival at Grand Rapids Community College on Nov. 6.

Five choirs from community colleges throughout the state will learn and perform, separately and together, throughout the day. Dr. Beth Everett, director of choral activities at Eastern Michigan University, will be the festival’s guest clinician.

Everett serves on the American Choral Directors Association Michigan board as repertoire and standards chair for youth and student activities. Her choirs have performed nationally and internationally.

“The festival is a day of enjoying the singing of all the choirs and the chance to work together, as well,” said Dr. Stephen Barton, GRCC’s director of choral activities. “At the concert, each choir performs individually with all the choirs joining together at the end to sing three pieces.”

The choirs will perform for the public at a free concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE.

GRCC encourages the entire campus community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation or have questions about accessibility, please call the college’s Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.