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9 January 2008
Two JSU Ensembles Featured Performers
at AMEA Conference Jan. 10 & 11

Members of two ensembles of the David L. Walters Department of Music at Jacksonville State University will be featured performers at this year’s In-Service Conference of the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) held on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on January 10 – 12, 2008. At these conferences music educators, teachers and administrators from all regions of the state gather to hear performances of the most outstanding soloists and ensembles from schools and universities, to participate in workshops and to plan future statewide musical activities.

On Thursday, January 10, 2008 the Chamber Winds of JSU directed by Mr. Kenneth Bodiford will perform one of two evening concerts presented during the conference. The Chamber Winds of JSU is the premier auditioned concert instrumental ensemble at JSU and is made up of 55 wind and percussion students studying at JSU. They perform wind band repertoire from a wide variety of musical styles at the highest performance level. In their appearance at AMEA they will perform works by Melillo, Rossini, Gillingham, Mackey and King.

The Chamber Winds of JSU performance will be on Thursday evening, January 10, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in Moody Concert Hall of the Moody Music building on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The next day, Friday January 11, 2008, JSU’s “Encore:Vocal Ensemble”, the very popular show choir, will perform at 11:00 a.m. in the Moody Concert Hall. Directed by Dr. Renee Baptiste, this ensemble of 24 young singers and dancers will present a lively and entertaining presentation of choreographed songs guaranteed to appeal to all types of audiences.

These concert appearances of ensembles from Jacksonville State University at the AMEA Conference are open to the public without charge, although conference attendance requires registration for a fee.

Appearances such as these before statewide audiences are valuable educational and performing experiences for JSU students. They give students valuable opportunities to perform in acoustically appropriate venues before knowledgeable and musically critical audiences. They also give these influential statewide audiences firsthand insight into the music attainments of students from the JSU Department of Music, many of whom play significant roles in influencing student choice about which institutions to attend for higher education.

Performance calendars and further information about the David L. Walters Department of Music at Jacksonville State University are available at the Web page: music.jsu.edu

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