Layne Poplin, c/o 2014
Last month, Salem College Choirs loaded into a bus and traveled 18 hours and over 1,000 miles to reach a moment seven years in the making. As part of the semi-professional choir, The Palmetto Voices, members of the Salem Choirs performed a concert at the prestigious National American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA) convention held this year in Dallas, Texas. The Palmetto Voices was selected as one of three choirs to perform in Sing Alleluia, an Ecumenical Worship Service given at the Cathedral de Guadalupe in the heart of downtown Dallas.
Formed in 2006, the Palmetto Voices is made up of alumni from each of Dr. Sepulveda’s choirs. When Dr. Sepulveda came to Salem in the Fall of 2010, Salem singers were added to this group. Through association with the Palmetto Voices, the choir has been afforded several once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Last year alone, Salem choirs was able to perform with Palmetto Voices at Southern Division ACDA, held here in Winston-Salem. That concert paved the way for March’s appearance in Dallas. Salem Choirs also worked with world-renown composer Eric Whitacre in October of 2011, each group performing as a solo choir in addition to singing under the banner of Palmetto Voices. The group received another opportunity to work with Whitacre at National ACDA last month, editing his newest composition, “Bliss”.
As great as March was, April is also big month for the choir! The groups are giving two concerts in addition to several other gigs throughout the Salem community. Don’t miss out on their Spring Concert, which will be this Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Hanes Auditorium. Can’t make it that night? That’s okay! Be sure to come to the Mathias Concert on Sunday, April 21 at 3:25 p.m.
The choir is also hosting a fundraiser for their summer tour to Greece at Carolina Vineyard’s and Hops on Monday, April 22 from 6-11pm. Come out and have some fun while supporting your Salem Sisters! For more info, check out the event on Facebook.