Children's Choral Festival to Be Held Feb. 22

February 19, 1996

by Richard Veit

Baylor University's Lyceum Series will present a Children's Choral Festival at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, in Jones Concert Hall. The concert will feature talented fifth-grade students from the La Vega, Midway and Waco Independent School Districts.
The combined choir is rehearsed and conducted by Dr. Mary Goetze, a nationally-recognized music educator, composer and clinician who serves on the faculty of Indiana University. Dr. Goetze is in residency on the Baylor campus this week, presenting workshops, a reading session of children's choral literature, and several lectures to music education classes.
Eighteen elementary schools will be represented in the combined children's choir. The 207 young vocalists were selected by their music teachers, each of whom was permitted to choose 10 percent of the school's fifth-grade enrollment. The choir will sing five pieces, accompanied by Melinda Haithcock, a music specialist at South Waco Elementary School.
Thursday's performance will also feature six selections sung by the Baylor University Men's Glee Club, conducted by assistant professor of choral music Wesley Gilliland and accompanied by Bradley Welch, a sophomore music student from Knoxville, Tenn.
The concert-made possible by a grant from the Meadows Foundation of Dallas-is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 755-3991.