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Chorus raises spirit and profit

Written by: Jordan Barela

The holiday spirit is in the air, and the best way to celebrate is by singing while raising money for a trip to England.

The Department of Music held its annual Candlelight Concert on Saturday, raising over $2,000 for the Chamber Singers’ trip to England this spring.

“This year is very important because the money that we raise for this concert is going to be used for the Chamber Singers’ tour to England next semester,” Paul Neal, director of choral studies, said.  

The planned trip to England for the Chamber Singers is set to take place in March during Spring Break.

The concert, held in the West Hall rotunda, featured performances by the VSU Men and Women’s Choirs, the Spotlighters and the Chamber Singers.

“(The concert) is a great opportunity for students to show what they have worked on over the semester in such a wonderful, high artistic merit,” Neal said. “The fact that people pay to come and hear them means so much to the students because it shows that what they do has value.”

Songs that were performed included “All I Want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey and “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Each musical group performed a cappella, except for a harpist during the Women’s Choir arrangement of “Ceremony of Carols.”

The money for the trip was raised through the ticket sales and donations.

On Dec. 6, another holiday concert will be held to raise money for the Chamber Singers’ trip.  The Dessert Holiday Celebration Concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Magnolia Room of the University Center. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 229-333-5812.

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