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BC Alumni Choir to Give 2012 Summer Concert


The Bridgewater College Alumni Choir will present a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren located at 420 College View Drive.

The Alumni Choir was founded by Jesse E. Hopkins, the Edwin L. Turner Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus at Bridgewater College.

In addition to Hopkins, who is a 1970 alumnus of Bridgewater College, the 32-member choir will be directed by David L. Tate ’71 and Ryan E. Keebaugh ’02. Mary Beth Flory ’70 will serve as accompanist.

The ensemble will perform original works by Bridgewater College alumni composers:   “Peace I leave with you,” composed by Aaron Garber ’05, and “The Suffering Servant,” composed by Ryan Keebaugh ’02.  Additional works by Hubert Parry,  Robert Pearsall, John Rutter, Pablo Casals and others will round out the program.   

Hopkins holds a master of music education degree from James Madison University and a doctorate in choral music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He recently retired from the Bridgewater College faculty after 35 years. He served as music director at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren for many years and is a frequent clinician/guest conductor for school and church events, including the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference on five occasions.

Tate is a retired music educator from Augusta County and Keebaugh holds a master’s degree from Shenandoah University and a doctorate from Catholic University. He is a choral director in Clark County.

The concert is open to the public at no charge.

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