Kenny Potter conducts choir rehearsal

Kenney Potter,  Director of Choral Activities

The Wingate University Singers and Chamber Choir will travel to five cities in the Carolinas this month before concluding their 12th annual Winter Tour with a concert on the campus in Wingate.

The vocal ensembles’ first stop will be in Morganton on Feb. 19. Other performances are scheduled in Asheville, Charlotte, Wake Forest and Charleston. The final concert will be Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the McGee Theatre in the Batte Center at Wingate University. The concerts are open to the public, and there is no cost for admission.

Dr. Kenney Potter, chair of the Wingate University Music Department and director of choral activities, will conduct the 35 vocalists. The concert will feature a varied repertoire ranging from historical works by Rheinberger and Pearsall to contemporary compositions by Dilworth, Hairston, Runestad and Takach.

“These performances are intended to nourish the minds, hearts and souls of the listeners,” Potter says. The program is divided into two parts. Potter says the first half “takes the listeners on an eclectic musical journey through the lens of one’s walk toward mortality and, ultimately, immortality.” The second half of the program features selections by the current generation of leading choral composers.

Reviews of past performances by Wingate University’s vocal ensembles include descriptions such as “inspiring,” and “flawless.”  According to the American Choral Directors Association, WU’s University Singers is one of the leading choral ensembles in the Carolinas.

Wingate University’s Department of Music provides a full range of opportunities, whether your interest is vocal or instrumental, performance or teaching, career or hobby.

Feb. 10, 2017