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AMEA 2016 Performing Groups


Concert Choir is the select choral ensemble at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Most recently, the choir competed in the 2014 Interkultur 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, winning a gold and two silver medals in three categories (Youth Mixed, Musica sacra with accompaniment, and Spiritual). The choir’s first CD project, “Unceasing Love,” is available at digital outlets including iTunes and Amazon, and via the department’s online store. Additional activities include a World Premiere performance of Glenn McClure’s Voices of Freedom, a work commemorating the anniversaries of the Civil Rights movement and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 2013, and K. Lee Scott’s Gloria for MorningStar Publications in 2012. The choir tours annually, and has given concerts in Philadelphia, PA, Knoxville, TN, Greenville, SC, and Virginia Beach, VA, and at the AMEA In-Service Conference in 2012. The choir has built a strong reputation of choral excellence, and has performed at past conferences of the American Choral Directors Association(ACDA), and in international choral competitions, including the Fleischman International Trophy Competition in Cork, Ireland and the 34th annual Florlilege Vocal de Tours in Tours, France.


UNA Chamber Choir - An elite group of singers, this ensemble appears at on and off campus at events such as the Renaissance Faire in Florence, on tour with the UNA Collegiate Singers, in collaboration with other groups such as the UAH Concert Choir and Huntsville Youth Orchestra, and as part of the Alabama ACDA Collegiate Choirs Festival. In the spring of 2009, they had the privilege of representing the University of North Alabama on the Department of Music & Theatre’s first international tour to Italy. Since then, the group toured to Costa Rica in the spring of 2011 and Ireland in spring 2013 as part of UNA’s Study Abroad program; they completed a second tour to Italy in the spring of 2015. They have been featured performers at the AMEA conference in 2006 and 2013.


UNA Vocal Jazz Ensemble - A small group chosen from among the members of the UNA Collegiate Singers, this ensemble explores the uniquely American idiom of jazz as well as pop and world music, often arranged by its members. They have been featured at the W.C. Handy Music Festival in Florence, at the Panoply Festival of the Arts in Huntsville, on tour with the Collegiate Singers, and regularly at special UNA events.


The percussion ensemble at The University of North Alabama is dedicated to exciting performances of both new and historic repertoire for percussion ensemble. Consisting of both percussion majors and non-majors, the UNA percussion program features 3 percussion ensembles annually: The Percussion Group, Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Orchestra. Each of these groups vary in size to cover a wide range of repertoire as well as to provide performing opportunities to as many percussion students as possible at UNA. Members of the percussion ensembles are also active as performers in the 2013 Percussive Arts Society Drumline Battle winning Pride of Dixie Drumline, The Shoals Symphony at UNA, The UNA Studio Jazz Band, UNA Wind Ensemble and UNA Concert Band. The UNA Percussion Group is a smaller group selected by audition annually. This group specializes in the highest level of chamber works for percussion ensemble, as well as commissioning new repertoire as well. The Percussion Group has recently been selected to perform at the 2015 NAFME National Conference and the 2016 AMEA State Convention.


An educational festival for elementary, middle, and high school students in band, choir, and orchestra


2016 dates:


April 22-23, April 29-30, May 6-7 2017 dates:


April 21-22, April 28-29, May 5-6


www.SMMFestival.com or call:1-855-766-3008


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