By LAURALEE BUDD
Over 500 students from the BYU Singers, Concert Choir and the Men’s and Women’s Choruses will perform at the musical Devotional, Feb. 7, 2006, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.
“The Singing Heart” will be the first piece sung by the combined choirs and is the theme of the Devotional.
“We all know people who have a singing heart whether or not they open their mouths in song,” said Ronald Staheli, director of the BYU Singers. “Every life has a song and it’s up to them to choose the quality or beauty of that song.”
The four auditioned choirs will perform two selections together, “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing” and “Pilgrim Song.” Then each choir will sing individually in support of the Devotional’s theme.
“The BYU choirs are renowned for their openness and eagerness to portray what they are feeling,” said Rosalind Hall, director of the Men’s Chorus and Concert Choir. “We hope by doing this particular music and theme for the Devotional [the students] will feel the way we feel about music and about the essence of each piece.”
With two large open enrollment choirs, in addition to the auditioned choirs, the size of BYU’s choral program sets it apart from other schools.
“We have room for everyone who wants to sing,” Hall said.
The Devotional will be broadcast in the JSB Auditorium, the WSC Varsity Theatre, KBYU television (Channel 11), BYU-Television, KBYU-FM (89.1), BYU-Radio and byubroadcasting.org. It will be rebroadcast Feb. 19, 2006, at 6 a.m. and 11 a.m.