Students, faculty join in Collaborative Music celebration

June 3, 2014


colab1Four faculty members and more than 40 students took part in the International Day of Collaborative Music on Jan. 22, joining a worldwide effort to celebrate collaborative music-making.

Ms. Kimberly Keck leads the Women’s Chorus in its
performance at Northgate Mall.

Dr. Sigrid Luther, professor of music at Bryan College and event chair for the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association, said the organization coordinated performances by more than 20 groups and individuals between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at two Chattanooga malls and the Hunter Museum of Art.

Groups from Bryan included the Women’s Chorus under the direction of Kimberly Keck, Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. David Luther, and the flute ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mel Wilhoit. In addition, Dr. Sigrid Luther played the piano with violinist Emily Oing.

“The International Day of Collaborative Music was part of the year of Collaborative Music established by the Music Teachers National Association to encourage collaborative music-making around the world,” Dr. Luther said.

Dr. David Luther directs a performance of the Chamber Singers during their concert on the International Day of Collaborative Music.

At the Chattanooga locations, “there were large audiences with enthusiastic response,” she said. “We even had a standing ovation. We heard many comments that this should be a regular event. An audience member related to me that mall shop workers were listening in their doorways, sometimes in tears, and saying that this was the most uplifting event they have experienced at the mall in a long time.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to preach the Gospel through music in a public setting. Our students did an excellent job of representing Bryan College and our faith in Christ.”