The A Cappella Chorus and the University Chorale will perform at a Homecoming concert at 11:45 a.m. Saturday in the Williams Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.
Dr. Sean Pullen, assistant director of music and director of the choral division, said the concert list includes many formal songs, as well as folk songs and spiritual songs.
“The concert will challenge the listener to accept some different styles, and there will also be some things that are familiar,” Pullen said. “There will be anything and everything performed at the concert.”
Created in 1932, A Cappella is the oldest chorus in the Southwest. According to the ACU Department of Music’s website, the group, created by the late Dr. Leonard Burford, performs and studies the finest choral literature from all musical eras. The members meet for practice four hours a week and give four major concerts a year. The group also gives one extended tour each year.
The University Chorale will also perform during the Homecoming concert. The University Chorale is a large choir that primarily consists of freshman and aims to give ACU students a chance to have a choral background without having to sacrifice too much of their time. All students can audition to participate. The group meets just three hours a week, but the department promises this weekend’s performance to be entertaining and enjoyable.
“The concert is a chance to hear what kind of ability is present in the department,” Pullen said.
Both choirs are under direction of Pullen.
Danielle Groce, junior nursing major from Newcastle, Ind., has a background in choral activities and plans to attend the Homecoming concert.
“I have been in many choirs before moving to Abilene,” Groce said. “I am looking forward to seeing the amazing talent we have here at ACU.”
Pullen believes that each choir’s talent will shine at the concert.
“We have two really strong choirs,” Pullen said.
Admission to the concert is free to give the ACU community the opportunity to experience the choirs’ Homecoming performances.