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TMSC Founders Day Concert Sunday at FUMC

The Troy Music Study Club Founders Day Benefit Concert featuring the Troy University Concert Chorale will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Troy. The public is invited.

The Troy Music Study Club was founded in 1905 and is affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs.

The Troy Music Study Club’s annual Founders Day Concert honors the founders of the local music study club and the founders of all federated music study clubs around America that promote and support American music, performers and music education.

Amanda Ford, Troy Music Study Club member, said the Founders Day Concert is a wonderful opportunity for the community to hear the Troy University Concert Chorale in concert before the group heads to New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May where they will premiere a new multi-movement work by conductor and composer Eric William Barnum.

Diane Orlofsky, Concert Chorale conductor, said the Troy University choral group will present their recently commissioned piece “Evensong” as well as several other arrangements in connection with the Distinguished Concert International New York’s (DCINY) performance of “The Music of Eric Barnum.”

“Being invited to perform in Carnegie Hall is a tremendous honor,” Orlofsky said. “It truly is a benchmark for Troy University and for our choral program. The opportunity to have our students work with Barnum and to perform in one of the world’s greatest concert halls, which itself represents excellence and musical achievement, is a privilege and a thrilling opportunity.”

The singers will spend five days and four nights in New York City, spending many hours in rehearsal for the DCINY performance.

To defray the costs of travel and lodging, the Concert Chorale members have launched a fund-raising drive to cover the estimated $60,000 it will take to cover the total costs of the performance.

The Concert Chorale is a 37-voice ensemble open by audition only. Members represent a wide variety of majors and they perform chamber, classical, traditional and contemporary choral literature.