UW-Platteville High School Choral Festival includes Oct. 9 concert

September 25, 2012

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – On Tuesday, Oct. 9, more than 200 students from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa high school choral programs will travel to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in order to participate in the annual High School Choral Festival. Visiting students will engage in a day of song with the UW-Platteville men’s and women’s choirs during the day and then give a concert at 6:30 p.m. that evening in the Center for the Arts Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall. Tickets, which are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors, can be purchased at the door.

Conducting the two groups are Dr. Robert Demaree, UW-Platteville music professor and director of choral activities, and Trey Davis, who recently joined UW-Platteville as music instructor and assistant director of choral activities from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where he is completing his doctorate.

Davis, who also graduated from the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., said the festival will be a great way for him to connect with area high school choral directors and get to know their programs.

“Dr. Demaree knows every name in music education in the tri-state area, and I aspire to also form those bonds,” he said.

Davis added that one of the best outcomes of the choral festival is demonstrating to high school students that they can remain involved in singing once they enter college, even if they have an unrelated major. “No matter what course of study they pursue, music can still be a vital part of their lives and future,” he said.

For more information, contact Demaree at (608) 342-1446 or demaree@uwplatt.edu.

Contact: Dr. Robert Demaree, professor, UW-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1446, demaree@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Barbara Weinbrenner, communications specialist, UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, weinbreb@uwplatt.edu

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