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.