The Greenville University Choir (Greenville, Illinois) will sing a concert at First Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. Founded in 1927 by Dr. Robert W. Woods, the Greenville Choir has attained a widespread reputation for performing sacred choral music of the highest quality.
During the spring of this current 93rd Anniversary year, the Greenville University Choir will take a concert tour in the Midwestern United States. The Choir’s tour program—“Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder”–includes selections from Europe, Africa and North America.
In the past several years the Greenville University Choir has toured in Mexico and Ireland, as well as the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. The Choir has also been invited to perform with the Boston Camerata and the Kingsbury Ensemble (one of the Midwest’s premier professional early music ensembles), and made several appearances at the Illinois Music Educators Conference and the American Choral Directors Association’s Central Division Convention. The Choir regularly joins with the Greenville Choral Union for concerts of larger choral-orchestral works such as Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, and the annual Christmas performance of Handel’s Messiah.
The Greenville Choir consists of 24 students from various fields of liberal arts study. As the flagship choral ensemble of Greenville University, the Choir presents as many as twenty off-campus performances each year as part of its annual tour. Students’ dedication to the program is consistently made evident by the professional quality of their performances.
Conductor Jeffrey S. Wilson received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Augustana College (Rock Island, Illinois). He earned a Master of Music degree in choral music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Wilson has served as conductor of the choir since 1996.
Greenville University is a four-year accredited Christian liberal arts school with more than 1,200 traditional undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree completion students. Founded in 1892 and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, the university is located in Greenville, Illinois, 45 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri.
For further details about the concert call First Baptist Church at (309) 662-4253 or visit www.firstbaptistbloomington.org. For more information about the Greenville University Choir or Greenville University call the Music Department Office at (618) 664-6560 or visit www.greenville.edu