The University of Texas at Arlington’s A Cappella Choir has been selected to perform at the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s (NCCO) 2019 national conference. The 48-voice A Cappella Choir is the premiere choral ensemble of the university, comprised primarily of undergraduate and graduate vocal music majors. Under the direction of UTA associate professor of music, Dr. Karen Kenaston-French, the choir has performed at the 2019 and 2014 conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association, the American Choral Directors Association national convention in 2015, and the Southwestern Division Conference of ACDA in 2016. They have appeared with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Chorale, the Texas Ballet Theatre, and with the Rolling Stones in concert.
The conference sponsors, NCCO, provide a national forum for collegiate choral conductors and their choruses to hone and showcase their skills. Biennial NCCO conferences include performances by university and college choirs, presentations/clinics/workshops appropriate for university and college conductors, and sessions that feature literature designed to engage university and college choirs. All of this is presented in support of the organization’s mission of offering multi-faceted enrichment opportunities including: competitive performances, educational lectures, professional development, and academic and research endeavors. Of the NCCO honor Professor Dan Cavanagh, Department of Music Chair said, “The selection of the A Cappella Choir for the NCCO conference this year is a tremendous recognition of the work that Dr. Kenaston-French and our vocal colleagues are doing with our students. I have no doubt that their performance in Maryland will showcase the high-level artistry and talent of our student population here at UT Arlington.”
2019 UTA A Cappella Choir
In April, Kenaston-French submitted the audition tape that—through a rigorous peer review process—earned the choir its spot in the showcase. Recognizing their selection as a huge honor that has the potential to attract national recognition for the talented group, Kenaston-French has planned a 25-minute program that features choral works and texts by Shakespeare. As she prepares her students for the upcoming performance, Kenaston-French shared, "I'm incredibly proud of our students. They have a lot of pride in the choir and work extremely hard to be excellent. I'm so excited they will have this opportunity to share their talent at the national level by singing at NCCO!"
The National Collegiate Choral Organization’s 2019 national conference will be held November 7–9, 2019, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.
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UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) provides expansive courses of study in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts. Our departments and centers are comprised of highly skilled faculty and students who are dedicated to elevating the human condition through research, scholarship and creative activity. We facilitate the development of our students’ essential skills including: critical thinking and problem-solving, interpretation and analysis, research strategy, and effective communication, through the use of creative, interdisciplinary approaches that address the challenges of a complex, global society. We nurture the Maverick spirit and consistently produce community leaders who impact the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and beyond by elevating the human condition where ever they are.
About the University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 60,000, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the state of Texas. Guided by its Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions|Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and education within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report lists UTA as having the fifth highest undergraduate diversity index among national universities. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets.