Missouri State vocal performers take the national stage
During in of the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, the Missouri State University Chorale was front and center. The Chorale, directed by alumnus Dr. Cameron LaBarr, ’07, was selected by a special committee to perform during the nationally televised inaugural ceremony.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who earned a master’s degree in history from Missouri State in 1972, is the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. This committee is responsible for the planning and execution of the swearing-in ceremonies and the luncheon for the inauguration. Blunt made an announcement Oct. 7 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. “One of the things I get to do is ask the principal musical group to come and perform at the inauguration, and I am here today … to invite the Missouri State University Chorale to be the principal musical group that will present that day.”
The students in the Chorale, who did not know what he was announcing, gasped, teared up and clapped as he told them they would be broadcast from Washington, D.C., and would likely entertain millions of viewers. “I have no doubt that the millions of Americans watching the ceremony will be as impressed with these incredibly talented students as all of us who have had the opportunity to hear them perform,” Blunt said.
The Chorale is MSU’s flagship touring choir. This select choir of 50 voices has toured throughout the United States, Europe and South Africa, and performs regularly at state and national conferences. “They are truly one of the great collegiate American choirs, and we are so proud of them,” said Missouri State President Clif Smart.
We hope to build the general fund for the Chorale enough to establish an endowment fund, a resource that could profoundly affect the student experience for years to come — and possibly support trips, like this one to the inauguration, in the future. We appreciate your consideration of making a gift of any size!
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The Chorale, Dr. Cameron LaBarr and university representatives headed to Washington, D.C., for inauguration day. Go behind the scenes and find out what songs they sang, catch their performances from Springfield to D.C, watch videos of their concerts and never miss a note from this talented group of students.
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