Gardner-Webb Music Department Hosts 40th Annual Choral Clinic

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GWU Welcomes High School Students for Annual Choral Clinic on Oct. 12

 By Mallory Moore ’18, Intern for Communications

Dr. Paul Etter, chair of the GWU Music Department and director of choral activities, conducts last year’s choral clinic.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Gardner-Webb University Music Department is pleased to host its 40th annual choral clinic on Oct. 12. Select students from local high schools will participate in a day of instruction under Dr. Phillip Copeland, this year’s guest clinician from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. The students will then perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. in Dover Theatre, located in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center on Gardner-Webb’s main campus. This concert, which is free and open to the public, will also feature GWU’s Concert Choir.

This year, approximately 150 students from 17 high schools in Ashe, Cleveland, Burke, Henderson, Lincoln, Gaston, Rowan, Iredell, and Haywood counties in North Carolina will attend the clinic. This popular event gives high school students the opportunity to sing with a large choir while their directors can observe the rehearsals and learn new techniques and ideas to take back to their own schools. Prospective GWU students also get the chance to experience the campus and learn about the music department. “It is not uncommon for an incoming first-year student to mention attending the clinic and how much they enjoyed it,” observed Dr. Paul Etter, chair of the GWU Music Department and director of choral activities.

Etter invited Copeland to be this year’s guest clinician after hearing his choir sing at the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s conference. “I thought they were one of best choirs I heard the entire conference,” Etter remarked. “I knew then that I would love to have him come to our clinic.  We’re all looking forward to spending the day with him.”

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704.406.4264 or email with your request.

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