On Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center, Ouachita Baptist University will host the 10-member show choir Ouachita Sounds in their spring concert.
Among the pieces selected for this Ouachita Sounds performance is a Michael Jackson medley, a tribute to Whitney Houston, a mash-up from the movie Pitch Perfect arranged by the women of Ouachita Sounds and many more, including solos, a cappella pieces and other student-arranged pieces.
“I feel that the audience will find us to be entertaining and enjoyable to listen to,” said Joseph Hurst, a Ouachita Sounds member. “We have been working to ensure precise harmonies and vocal blend. Our director, Mary Worthen, is an experienced selector in regard to the songs we will be performing. Understanding we will perform for a large audience, we have chosen songs that vary in genre, choreography and musical technicality.”
“The show has a lot of musical variety and high energy,” said Mary Worthen, assistant professor emerita of music and director of Ouachita Sounds. “The students have had a lot of input with their ideas. It’s gratifying to see the things that they’re learning in their majors implemented in the show itself.”
Members of Ouachita Sounds include: Jake Briggs, a freshman worship arts major from Alexander, Ark.; Chad Burris, a sophomore musical theatre major from Van Buren, Ark.; Callie Chancey, a senior church media and production arts major from Branson, Mo.; Rachel Harris, a senior musical theatre and vocal performance double major from Springdale, Ark.; Joseph Hurst, a senior accounting major from Morrilton, Ark.; DeCarl Jones, a senior musical theatre major from Garland, Texas; Nicole Mattson, a senior musical theatre major from Rowlett, Texas; Lola McClendon, a senior musical theatre major from Springdale, Ark.; Tyler Rosenthal, a junior mass communications major from Little Rock, Ark.; and MaryLacey Thomson, a senior musical theatre major from Plano, Texas.
Stacy Hawking, a freshman musical theatre major from Sherwood, Ark., who has choreographed at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock, will be the group’s new choreographer. Kayla Kreger, a freshman choral education music major from Rowlett, Texas, serve as sound technician.
For more information, contact Mary Worthen at email@example.com and (870) 245-5129.
By Rachel Gregory