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Fall Concert with The Bahamas National Youth Choir

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

free admission

Concert on Friday, October will feature the conducting debut of Dr. Phillip Stockton. Dr. Stockton is the newly appointed Associate Director of Choral Studies and Clinical Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University. He will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in music and music education, in addition to serving as the conductor of the MSU Chamber Singers and Schola Cantorum. This concert will also feature The Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC) and their conductor Mr. Dexter Fernander. BNYC will perform a variety of “popular” Bahamian choral music and join the MSU choirs for a mass choral performance. Composer on this concert will include Bach, Schutz, J.A.C. Redford, and many others. Concluding this concert will be a performance by both the Men of State and MSU State Singers, both under the direction of Dr. Gary Packwood, Program Administrator & Director of Choral Studies.

The Bahamas National Youth Choir
The Bahamas National Youth Choir was founded in 1983 as part of the celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the Bahamian independence, and was re-established in 1990 after a hiatus of a few years. It is a charitable national cultural entity subsidized by The Bahamas Government and the private sector.

Through the medium of the arts, the Choir provided opportunities for self-growth, development and training, as it continues to create responsible and confident citizens while building an enduring national cultural institution.

The Choir has sung in twenty-five foreign languages, produced nine commercial recordings, traveled to twenty-four countries on four continents and researched and documented much of the folk music of The Bahamas. It has appeared at the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., The Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, The Moscow Conservatory in Russia, The Barbican and the Oxford University Palyhouse in England, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the Beijing Symphony Hall in China, St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and The Royal Swazi Theatre and Convention Centre, Swaziland, amongst other internationally acclaimed venues.

The Choir has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, the late Dr. Nelson Mandela former President of South Africa, Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex, internationally acclaimed actor Sir Sidney Poitier, and many other distinguished persons including Heads of State and acclaimed celebrities. It has appeared on television in the United States, United Kingdom, China, Cuba, Switzerland, Russia, Canada and Mexico, as well as Bahamian television stations. The Choir has also performed for the Federation of International Football’s Association’s World Congress and the 2009 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant. The Choir is the recipient of many awards including two awards for outstanding work at the Seventh China International Chorus Festival in Wuxi; two gold and a silver medals at the 2012 World Choir Games, U.S.A; The Cacique Awards (Performing Arts) and many proclamations from Mayors and major cities in the U.S.S, including the Keys to the City of Miami. Their conductor is Mr. Dexter D. Fernander.


October 25
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
free admission
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MSU Department of Music