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Internationally known conductor to lead choral symposium at UT Arlington

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

The University of Texas at Arlington choral division has announced the 2nd Annual Choral Symposium featuring Maestro Weston Noble, music director emeritus of Luther College. He will be joined by Professor Jing Ling-Tam, director of choral studies at UT Arlington. The choral clinics, rehearsals and master classes conclude with a Festival Chorus Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building, 700 Greek Row Drive. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.

The chorus will include singers from several Texas high schools, the Arlington Master Chorale and UT Arlington choir members. Maestro Noble will conduct the combined choir and the UT Arlington A Cappella Choir will be under the direction of Ling-Tam. Choirs participating in the festival from Keller High School, Paschal High School and the St. Andrews Preparatory School of Austin will be featured, as well as the Arlington Master Chorale.

Noble served as the conductor of the Luther College Nordic Choir for 57 years. He also served as the conductor for the Luther College Concert Band for 25 years. Under his direction, the Luther College Nordic Choir performed at three National ACDA conventions and one National Music Educators Conference.

He is internationally known as a clinician and conductor for choral and instrumental music. He has served as a guest conductor for more than 800 music festivals in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, Europe, Indonesia and South America. He has also been a conductor for more than 75 all-state choirs, bands, and orchestra. In 2009, he will conduct the Southeast Asia Music Festival in Kuala Lumpur.

In 1989, Noble was awarded the Outstanding Music Educator of the United States by the National Federation of High School Associations. In 1999, he was presented the Robert Larson Shaw Citation by the American Choral Directors Association. He holds three honorary doctorate degrees from Augustana College, St. Olaf College and the Westminster Choir College.

Professor Ling-Tam will also present clinics and master classes during the symposium. For additional information, including how to participate in the Festival Chorus, visit www.uta.edu/music/utachoralsymposium or contact Kimberly Hughes at (314) 402-9945 or KimberlyCHughes@hotmail.com.

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