February 21, 2013
Writer: Bryan Pope
Brigham Young University-Idaho Collegiate Singers is a talented group of 42 singer-musicians who perform to the highest of musical standards. Their 2013 touring program, "Together We Rise", seeks to build bridges of understanding and brotherhood between the people of America and Ghana. The program features music of the Americas influenced by the music of Africa, African-American spirituals, hymns of praise, and local songs which will be familiar to every Ghanaian. In addition, the BYU-Idaho Singers plan to combine with choirs in Ghana (including the Winneba Youth Choir, the Harmonious Chorale, and selected BYU-Idaho Pathway students in Accra) to present concerts that are truly international in sound and spirit.
Collegiate Singers hails from the Rocky Mountain West of the United States. They sing an exciting mix of contemporary and classic choral music that has won admiration and respect from audiences everywhere they travel. They have been featured regularly on the national television and radio broadcasts of the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir; performed to great acclaim at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Chicago; and received warm and enthusiastic responses from concert audiences throughout North and South America. With a repertoire that includes deeply-felt spirituals, choral classics, folk songs from many lands, and a generous dash of humor, the Collegiate Singers present programs that have uplifted and entertained audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The sound of the choir is vibrant, expressive, and polished, but audience-goers comment especially on the way the choir makes them feel.
"Thank YOU! The choir was wonderful and the event was a HIGHLIGHT of our year. It was a joy and privilege to host your choir and the kids learned a ton. We welcome you back anytime!"
--South Anchorage High School Choirs
"It was a real pleasure to have you all participate in the chapel service. Your singing was very enjoyable and your singers delightful! I hope we'll cross paths again!" -St. Olaf University Choirs
"I want to express my gratitude to you and the Collegiate Singers for bringing your music and the Spirit of our Lord to Duluth, Minnesota. The music you performed was truly moving and entertaining. More importantly the Spirit your choir conveyed was inspirational!" -Duluth, Minnesota
"I learned tonight that the Holy Spirit has a voice, and that He can sing!"-Anchorage, Alaska
BYU-Idaho and the Collegiate Singers is committed to service and education and welcomes opportunities for educational outreach and community service while in Ghana. The choir also presents a program of sacred music and the spoken word suitable for congregations of many faiths.