Archive for Friday, August 26, 2011

Community Choir prepares for third season

Matthew Potterton, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Baker, leads the community choir.

Matthew Potterton, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Baker, leads the community choir.

August 26, 2011

The popular Baker Community Choir is tuning up for its third season.

Formed in February 2010 by Matthew Potterton, the choir draws 70 to 80 singers from Baker University and Baldwin City. The repertoire is varied, ranging from French composer Gabriel Faure’ to spirituals.

“What I love about this choir is that everyone is there because they love to sing,” said Potterton, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Baker. “Some have years of experience and some have never sung in a choir before, but they all come together wanting to create the best music possible.”

Choir practices are 6 to 7:50 p.m. Thursdays at McKibbin Recital Hall. Practices for the upcoming season begin tonight.

The choir will perform with the Baldwin City Children’s Choir at Baker’s Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at First United Methodist Church. The Community Choir will also sing at Vepsers on Dec. 4 at the church.

Singers from all ages have participated in the choir, another trait Potterton enjoys

“Age and ability do not matter,” Potterton said. “Sharing the joy of expression through music is all one must want to do to be in this group. I am very proud of this group and look forward to Thursday night rehearsals.”

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