October 1, 2018

LUMINA Treble Ensemble to Premiere New Work as Part of a Women's Choir Commissioning Consortium in Raleigh

An octet of singers from LUMINA treble ensemble, directed by Wendy Looker, will travel to Raleigh October 4-5 to join singers representing 15 treble choirs from NC and VA (including UNCG, Wingate University, Meredith College, Appalachian State, high schools, and girls choruses) to bring to fruition the Women’s Choirs Appalachian Folks Song Commission at the fall conference of the NC American Choral Directors Association. 

The Lumina octet representing Guilford includes: Taryn Bonner, Ariel Morley, Claudia Lange ’08, Remy Branscum, Branwyn McDowell, Laura Allen, Sydney Singleton and Tanequa Armstrong.

Wendy Looker, President-Elect of NC ACDA, will preside at the closing session of the conference, where the 132-voice choir will premiere Appalachian Love Songs: Women’s Reflections on Love, Loss and Strength by composer Linda Tutas Haugen. Students will work with the composer Friday evening and all day Saturday rehearsing and discussing the music. Appalachian Love Songs is a collection of five traditional folk songs researched, selected and adapted by Haugen for the commissioning consortium. Haugen, who now resides in Wisconsin, grew to love Appalachian folk music as a child in Hickory, NC as she sat on her grandmother’s lap learning songs by rote. Drawn to the melodies and the social nature of folk singing, she desires to bring folk song into the world of concert music. 

Wendy plans to conduct LUMINA treble ensemble in a performance of all five folks songs, accompanied by violin, piano and traditional Appalachian instruments in Spring 2020.