Cal Poly Honor Choir Festival Concert Set for June 29

SAN LUIS OBISPO — High school singers from throughout the state will combine with Cal Poly singers for the second annual Cal Poly High School Honor Choir Festival Concert at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church.

This year, the festival will feature a chamber women’s chorus of 16 singers. Established by Cal Poly Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson, the festival provides an opportunity for talented high school singers to perform great music alongside collegiate singers and work with accomplished conductors.

Students arrive Thursday, June 27, for the festival, when they will check in and begin their stay at Cal Poly. Throughout the weekend they will take part in rehearsals, live in campus housing and get a chance to experience some of the culture of San Luis Obispo.

“The event is intended to give the students the full college experience and simulate what it is like to be a music major at Cal Poly,” Glysson said.

As a part of the festival, each singer will also receive a private lesson from one of Cal Poly’s world-class voice teachers.

The festival will culminate with a concert. The centerpiece of the concert will be the “Messe basse” by Gabriel Fauré. “This is a very simple and beautiful piece, originally composed as a charitable collaboration with Fauré’s pupil André Messager,” Glysson said. 

Paul Woodring will serve as the accompanist for the festival. The soprano soloist will be Cal Poly music professor Meredith Brammeier, who is also a composer. One of her works will be performed in the concert.

Glysson will conduct the festival. As a conductor of university, high school and community ensembles, he has performed both nationally and internationally. On May 25, he conducted Joseph Haydn’s “Te Deum” in Carnegie Hall, and he’s been invited to conduct Mozart’s “Vesperae solennes de confessore,” K. 339, with the PanEuropean Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, Poland, in June 2020.

This July, he and six Cal Poly students will travel to Kenya. Glysson will lead a lead a choral conducting workshop in Nairobi from July 1-8 at the invitation of the Kenyan Government and Kenyatta University.

The June 29 concert will be in the sanctuary of the church at 1515 Fredericks St. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. Donations will be accepted at the door to support the Cal Poly Choral Program.

The festival is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website.

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Contact: Michele Abba

June 7, 2019

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