The College’s chorus will perform their “spring spectacular” alongside East Rowan High School’s chorus
SALISBURY, N.C. — Last fall marked the beginning of something musical at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – the birth of a chorus.
While the College’s Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree program began in 2009, the fall 2014 chorus class was the first practical and performing course offered by the College.
“When the degree first started, the primary focus was on the visual arts, but the College is working toward expanding the degree program to include the performing arts,” said Jenn Selby, program chair of the Department of Fine & Applied Arts at Rowan-Cabarrus.
The one-credit curriculum class made its debut last fall with fourteen passionate students. The Rowan-Cabarrus choir performed at several locations in the community, including the local parades, a well-attended holiday performance at the Concord Mills mall, and the College’s graduation ceremony.
Now, the seasoned group including multiple sections of the chorus across multiple campus locations, is set to stun audiences in their spring concert. The concert, a dual event with East Rowan High School, will feature more than 30 Rowan-Cabarrus students belting out six songs, two of which will be performed with East Rowan. East Rowan will also be singing three separate songs.
“We are inviting everyone in the community to come out for the event, not just friends and family of the performers. ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ by the Beatles and ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ by Frank Sinatra are just a couple of classic hits we will be singing. There is something for everyone,” said Caroline Simyon, choral director and music instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
The musical spectacular will be held Wednesday, April 29 in the auditorium of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s North Campus at 7 p.m.
The College now offers new music and drama specializations within the Associate in Fine Arts degree program. Everything from the history of rock music to play production to American musical theater to opera lecture are available. Additionally, the program, working closely with the NC Music Hall of Fame in Kannapolis, has developed an introduction to jazz class.
“Beginners are welcome! Students can literally show-up and learn how to sing,” said Simyon on those students interested in joining the chorus class at Rowan-Cabarrus.
Many students in the choir, however, do have previous experience and have spent time in their high school or church choirs.
Classes include vocal training and vocal techniques. Students learn how to sing properly without straining vocal chords. Most classes include physical warm-ups and time for learning the music, parts and notes. The curriculum also explores different eras and types of music.
“I continue to be amazed at our talented students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We are proud that our fine arts program has grown so much and Rowan-Cabarrus can be an important part of the robust fine arts community in our area.”
The Rowan-Cabarrus AFA program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year fine arts program. The AFA program is also suitable for students who want to focus on their personal creative development, expand their portfolios or work in related creative industries.
Anyone with an interest in the fine and applied arts should inquire. Previous experience is not a requirement. Questions should be directed to Program Chair Jenn Selby (firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-216-3820). For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/finearts or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).