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July 14, 2008

Gold Company members sing at Olympics

A Western Michigan University music professor, along with four singers who are either current or former WMU students, will perform with the World Youth Choir on its upcoming trip to China. The entourage, which includes Dr. Stephen Zegree, the WMU Bobby McFerrin Professor of Jazz as the choir's director, lands Monday, July 14, in Hong Kong and returns Aug. 11. In addition to Hong Kong, the choir will visit and perform in Guangzhou and Macau, China. A high point of the trip will be a televised concert at the Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue for the opening festivities of the summer Olympic Games.

Four of the five singers in the choir representing the United States are either WMU students or alumni. Students include Torian Johnson of Kalamazoo, Partick Laslie of Fort Wayne, Ind., and April graduate Nathaniel Adams of St. Charles, Ill. All three sang in Gold Company, WMU's acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble, this past academic year. In addition, the choir's bass section leader is Derek Fawcett, a WMU alumnus from Chicago.

Posted by acapnews at July 14, 2008 9:50 PM


Wonderful news about the talent at WMU!

Posted by: Sue Pearson at July 15, 2008 2:13 PM

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