William Jewell College choir named finalist in national competition

Anthony Maglione conducts the William Jewell College Concert Choir in the song "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" during the Martin Luther King celebration at the college. The choir is a finalist in a national competition. 

LIBERTY — The William Jewell College Concert Choir was named a national finalist for the American Prize in Choral Performance in the College/University Division. Founded in 2009, the American Prize is a series of nonprofit, national competitions that recognize and reward the best performing arts in the country.

“Jewell is a finalist along with some of the top choral programs in the United States including the world-renowned choirs from Westminster Choir College and Indiana University,” said Anthony Maglione, director of choral studies and associate professor of music.

In the 2015-16 award season, Jewell’s Concert Choir placed second in the competition. The auditioned, selective ensemble composed of undergraduate choral singers performed with the Canadian Brass, King’s Singers and the American Spiritual Ensemble.

The Concert Choir was invited to perform at the 2015 Missouri Music Educators Association’s In-Service Workshop/Conference, the 2016 South Western division ACDA Conference and the 2019 National ACDA Conference. Since 1985, the Concert Choir has made a triennial two-week concert tour through England and Scotland. The Concert Choir’s latest two albums on Centaur Records and Albany Records and are available for download and streaming on most platforms.

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