Choir Concert Nov. 29

Nov 20, 2020

The virtual event will be at 3 p.m. on Facebook.


Members of the University Choir, the California Singers ensemble and the Young and Gifted Gospel Choir will perform a virtual concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. 

The video of their show will be available on the choir’s Facebook page

Classes and activities at Cal U were conducted remotely during the fall semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, making for a challenging — but ultimately successful — series of rehearsals for the concert. 

“It’s one thing to sing when you’re in a choir together,” said Dr. Randy Tillmutt, who directs the groups. “But it’s another to essentially be a soloist, sing a song by yourself, record it and send it to be edited.” 

Commercial music technology student Connor Kennedy produced the video. 

The show won’t have a holiday theme this time, as Tillmutt emphasized songs that could be done remotely and were familiar to veteran choir members, who could serve as vocal mentors for new singers as they rehearsed their parts. 

“The virtual format wasn’t for everyone this semester,” he said. “But for the ones who committed to doing it, the interest level was definitely there. We are proud of the show we produced.” 

Senior Thomas Scheidler, a history major minor in pre-law, is president of University Choir student leadership board. 

“Choir is very important to us, and we met in the summer as an executive board to decide how we could have a successful fall semester,” he said. “A lot of us have majors other than music, and we sing because it’s something we enjoy. This semester has been a bump in the road. It was important to us to have a concert and make sure that choir continues to be something that makes Cal U special.”