Angelina College Chorale Presenting ‘Music That Moves’ in Spring Concert


Music holds the power to move the listener, and the Angelina College Chorale and East Texas Praise Symphony will stir emotions with its upcoming performance, “Music That Moves” in a spring concert scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at the Temple Theater on the AC campus.
Directed by Beckie Compton, the AC Chorale, featuring both students and special guests, will include in its program such powerful classics as “The Impossible Dream” (arr. by M. Hayes), “God Bless the USA” (arr. Schmidt, performed by baritone Joshua Robinson and tenor Matthew Oliver), “Thankful” (arr. M. Hayes, performed by soprano Shelby Brown, alto ReShonda Keys and tenor Colin Wise), “You Raise Me Up” (arr. B. Knight, performed by baritone Jad O’Connor, tenor Wise and alto Keys), “Hallelujah Chorus” (Handel), “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” (arr. J. Rouse, performed by violinist Ana Watts), “Pie Jesus” from Requiem (J. Rouse, performed by soprano Keren Debose), “How Can You Keep from Singing?” (Z. Randall Stroope, performed by Texas Two-Year All-State Students Shelby Brown, Omar Al- Mahmeed, Matthew Oliver, Jad O’Connor and Joshua Robinson) and “How Great Thou Art” (S.K. Hine, performed by soprano Christy Lombardozzi).
The Chorale is comprised of students, faculty members and guests, including the following: sopranos Sarah Barton, Jan Blackmon, Shelby Brown, Keren Debose, Mattie Fortenberry, Katy Johnson, Jazai Lee, Karen McBee, Kimberly Noble and Jessica Reynolds; tenors Omar Al-Mahmeed, Joe Jones, Michael Mendoza, Matthew Oliver, Stacy Perkins, Micah Shaffer and Colin Wise; altos LaQuisha Davis, Dana Forrest, Haley Holcombe, Justice Irvine, ReShonda Keys, Bethany Perez, Sandy Roberts, Alexia Morones-Sekino, Sarah Shaffer and Patty Donaldson; basses Herb Blackmon, Bryan Compton, Jad O’Connor, Joshua Robinson, John Smallwood and Ben Reynolds.
Accompanist will be Anna Harbuck.
Tickets for the performance are $4 for adults and $3 for seniors, students and children
Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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