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G.U. Choir Joins Forces With Three Area Choirs for Spring Choral Concert

G.U. Choir Joins Forces With Three Area Choirs for Spring Choral Concert

Greenville University presents its spring choral concert “Songs of Life, Light and Rest” on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. in Whitlock Music Center, 315 E. College Ave., Greenville, Illinois.

The Bond County High School Select Choir, Highland High School Madrigal Singers, and Kaskaskia College Concert Choir will join the Greenville University Choir and Chamber Singers for this concert of choral pieces in diverse musical styles. The featured selection will be a combined performance of the beautiful REQUIEM by French composer Gabriel Fauré.

The Highland High School Madrigal Singers

This ensemble of around 20 singers performs mainly Renaissance music at various community events in the larger St. Louis area, including the St. Louis Festival of Lights held annually in downtown St. Louis and the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. They host an annual Madrigal Dinner every December. Madrigal Singers director Andrew Gibb-Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Greenville University and a master of music in choral conducting from Western Illinois University.

The Bond County High School Select Choir

This group performs locally throughout the school year. In addition to school concerts, the Select Choir carols around the Greenville square during the Come Home for Christmas celebration, performs at the Humane Society fundraiser dinner "Puttin' On the Ritz for Fritz" and sings at the annual Habitat for Humanity fundraiser concert. They participated in the Greenville University Choral Festival in February. Select Choir director Megan McPeak holds a bachelor of music education and master of arts in teacher leadership from Greenville University. She is a member of the Greenville Choral Union.

Kaskaskia College Concert Choir

This ensemble that performs regularly at college events and various community and collegiate collaborations. The group fosters creative artistry through performing a variety of choral literature ranging from early Renaissance to contemporary works. The choir sings under the direction of Lynda Marshall, who holds a bachelor of music education from Illinois State University and a master of music with emphasis in music education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Prior to her appointment at Kaskaskia College, she taught at Edwardsville High School for 17 years and served both Greenville University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as an adjunct faculty member.

G.U. Choir: A Widespread Reputation

Since its founding in 1927 by Dr. Robert W. Woods, the Greenville University Choir has attained a widespread reputation for performing sacred choral music of the highest quality.

Performance credits include concerts with professional ensembles such as the Boston Camerata and the Kingsbury Ensemble, as well as invitations to sing at the Illinois Music Educators Conference and the American Choral Directors Association’s Central Regional Conference. The Greenville Choir regularly joins with the Greenville Choral Union for concerts of larger choral-orchestral works such as Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, and the annual Christmas performance of Handel’s Messiah.

During this current 92nd concert season, the choir has performed in Illinois and Missouri, and will take a 14-day concert tour to Mexico in May.

Conductor Jeffrey S. Wilson received a bachelor of music degree in piano from Augustana College (Rock Island, Illinois). He earned his master’s of music in choral music and his doctor of musical arts in choral conducting and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Wilson has served as conductor of the choir since 1996.

For more details about the concert, or further information about Greenville University and the Greenville Choir, call the music department at (618) 664-6560 or visit

This story was published on April 22, 2019

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