Concord University Collegiate Singers and Beckley Community Chorus to Perform Next Week

For Immediate Release: 
Nov 04 2004

Concord University Collegiate Singers and Beckley Community Chorus to Perform Next Week

Athens, W.Va. – Concord University will present the Concord University Collegiate Singers and Beckley Community Chorus on Friday, November 12 at 7 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Alexander Fine Arts Center and on Saturday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Beckley United Methodist Temple. The fall concert will feature Requiem by Gabriel Faure and other choral works as well.

The Concord University Collegiate Singers consists of 75 members. All members are Concord students of varying majors. The singing ensemble performs at various campus functions and presents several concerts each semester.

Collegiate Singers is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Ryder, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. Before coming to Concord, Ryder taught eight years in Stafford County public schools and six years at Spotsylvania public schools in Virginia. Ryder received his B.A. in choral conducting at Mary Washington College in Virginia and his M.A. in choral conducting at George Mason University in Virginia. He completed his D.M.A. in music education at Shenandoah University in Pennsylvania.

The other choral group performing with the Collegiate Singers is the Beckley Community Chorus. This group is made up of approximately 30 singers from the Beckley area. This ensemble presents a concert series annually. Daniel Spurgeon is the director of the singing group.

Ms. Betty Wilson (a member of the Concord music faculty and a member of the Beckley United Methodist Temple) will be accompanying both groups on the piano and organ. In addition, the groups will also be joined by various instruments including strings, bass, and percussion.

Admission to both concerts is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Concord University Box Office at 1-304-384-5101, or


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-5231 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

Megan Harvey, a student in Concord University’s communication arts department wrote this press release. Her hometown is Princeton, W.Va.