The Harding University Concert Choir provides many great opportunities to make friends, improve your musical talents, and expand your musical repertoire. With a fun and engaging atmosphere during rehearsal, members share a sense of belonging to both a family and to an integral part of campus life.
With the fall kick-off at Dr. Neill’s house, new members get the chance to meet returning members in an informal setting, get to know Dr. Neill and his family, eat ice cream, and play some football, Frisbee or card games. Early in September, we have a choir retreat at Greer’s Ferry Lake, where we sing an outdoor concert, swim, play volleyball and have a special choir devotional.
Concert Choir traditionally sings our first major performance of the year at Harding's Bible Lectureship in September.
The remainder of the fall semester consists of concerts, on and close to campus, and an occasional full-day or overnight tour.
In the spring semester the Choir might participate in festivals and workshops, short overnight trips, and other special activities such as the winter banquet. In 2011-2012, we toured Arkansas and Texas, performed in Spring Sing, sang for Condeleeza Rice, and had an amazing experience singing in a women’s prison.
The semester ends as the first one began: with a party at Dr. Neill’s house. In a way, this is best part of the year, because you come to realize that you’ve spent some wonderful time with the people surrounding you, and that you’ve shared your life with them as much as they have with you.
Erin Shadduck, Soprano
Lots of people hear that I give up my lunchtime slot on MWF for choir, and they say, “But you don’t have a break!” But I really do. I love walking into that room a three times a week and sharing something so special with ninety other people. It’s so much fun, and I can only imagine how happy it makes God to hear us offer our talents back to Him, and LOVE doing it. It’s infinitely better than a lunch break, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Jeanie Cavender, Soprano
Choir is happy! I love the carefree environment – everyone leaves their inhibitions at the door and has a good time. I always leave choir with a song in my head, and my spirits lifted. My dearest friends have come from choir, and I wouldn’t trade my experiences there for anything else.
For me choir was the beginning to a wonderful harmony-filled semester at Harding University. It added at least 100 different friends and people to my group of friends. Friends who I knew I would see on a regular basis and friends who are from some very different backgrounds. Choir has been a very enriching environment to me, teaching me discipline and fun throughout the years. Also, it’s always cool to have so many talented people around, knowing that they had to pass through the same audition you did at some point.