Rachel McFarland, a music education junior, smiles along with the rest of the Vocal Chamber Ensemble during the In Praise of Music program.

In Praise of Music, Vocal Chamber Ensemble

Oct 28, 2014
Brenau Staff

The Vocal Chamber Ensemble filled the atrium of the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts with the sounds of music inspired women with songs like Still I Rise,  Prayer and Beauty of Your Dreams. Brenau’s Bobby Ivey, assistant professor of music, lead the ensemble and John Womack and Ben Leaptrott accompanied the students on piano.

The In Praise of Music program mainly featured songs by female composers including Glenda Franklin, a Brenau Women’s College alumna from 1975. Her song Prayer was written in memory of the victims of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 and all victims of violence against women.

Other songs on in the program included Still I Rise, a composition from Auburn University voice professor Rosephanye Powell, inspired by poet laureate Maya Angelou’s poem by the same title. In the song’s description she writes “It’s a women’s anthem, saluting the strength of women to persevere thought life’s difficulties – low esteem, physical and emotional abuse, rape, incest, prejudice, abandonment and such like. In Summary though a women’s life or past may be filled with tears and heartaches, with each day that she finds herself still living, she finds that she has frown stronger and risen a little higher because her circumstances have not overcome her.”

To close the program the students performed Moses Hogan’s spiritual setting of Music Down in My Soul which ended with the crowd clapping in time and giving a standing ovation.