Breathing New Life into the GC Chorale
Submitted on October 21, 2019
The GC Chorale, a staple at Georgetown College, embarked on a new era recently, with the first performance by new Director of the Chorale, Christopher Powell, taking place over homecoming weekend on October 11.
Powell is a native Kentuckian with a Bachelor’s Degree from WKU and a Master’s Degree in Music Education with a Choral Conducting emphasis from UK. Prior to his time at Georgetown College, he spent a decade in Kentucky high schools. In his first year at GC, he’s ready to return the Chorale to its former glory with a dash of creativity.
He was incredibly pleased with the results of his first performance with the Chorale and looks to build and continue that momentum into future performances. “They all have a lot of drive and passion,” he said of members of the Chorale. “They have this infectious desire to help expand the Chorale here at GC.”
The first performance this semester breathed new life into classic hymns. Powell even asked for audience participation on several songs throughout the evening, including a particularly stirring rendition of “How Great Thou Art.” The night served as a preview of some of the more creative ideas he has for continuing to expand the Chorale.
The next performance by the GC Chorale is scheduled for December 3rd and will feature winter and holiday themed music with a bit of a twist. “These are songs our campus will be familiar with, but with a different spin on it,” Powell said.
A further indication of the desire to expand the Chorale is the second section of Chorale that will be non-auditioned and open to all students. The course will be offered in the spring semester. This new course offering is but one indication of the strides the Chorale hopes to make in the future, and alumni, students, and friends of the college can’t wait to see what they have in store.