Voices of Mobile, one of more than 21 ensembles in the University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts/School of Music, performed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York City during their summer tour.
From May 12 to July 7, the ensemble is performing concerts from Texas to south Florida, from New York to Louisiana, according to Dr. Roger Breland, vice president for project development and executive director of the UMobile Center for Performing Arts/School of Music
and School of Worship Leadership.
Previously, Voices of Mobile has performed at the White House, toured Europe, the Cayman Islands, and the Middle East, and presented concerts featuring contemporary Christian music across the United States from Hawaii to Alaska.
Voices performed at the Pentagon chapel for the Pentagon Prayer Luncheon on June 20, hosted by the Pentagon Chaplains Office. They performed at The Brooklyn Tabernacle on June 23.
University of Mobile vocal and instrumental groups performed before more than 12,000 people during major events in just five weeks during Spring Semester 2013. That doesn’t include weekend concerts by the more than 21 ensembles in the Center for Performing Arts.
“Our students have amazing opportunities in the classroom to study with world-class professors, then gain extensive performance experiences in all types of musical styles, from contemporary Christian to opera, from worship leadership to classical guitar,” Breland said.
Among the many concerts and productions performed during spring semester were a Passion Play sacred music and theatre production, Godspell musical theatre production, Pirates of Penzance opera production, and concerts featuring jazz, classical music, the university’s Steinway Artist performing on the famed Horowitz piano, piano ensemble, guitar ensemble, RamCorps choreographed brass and percussion group, and the annual Spring Spectacular featuring all 21 ensembles.
Breland said the Christian university’s music program provides the flexibility to add ensembles based upon students’ interests and talents.
“We have a very popular Celtic strings group, Welsh Revival, that features a student who has won awards for Celtic dancing. Our Jazz Band and Voices recently played before an audience of more than 1,800 at our university’s Leadership Banquet
featuring Tim Tebow,” Breland said.
The Voices summer tour began May 12 in Mobile at Luke 4:18 Fellowship and concludes July 7 in Baton Rouge, LA, at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church. At tour’s end, they will have traveled over 5,500 miles in seven weeks through nine states, performing more than 30 concerts including at First Baptist Jacksonville, FL; Green Acres Baptist in Tyler, TX; Sherwood Baptist in Albany, GA; and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church in Brooklyn, NY.
One student, Annaclaire Wilbanks,
even had an opportunity to be filmed for TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” television show during a two-day break from touring in New York City.
Applications for enrollment in fall semester 2013 classes are still being accepted at the University of Mobile, a Christian university located in Mobile, AL on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. Approximately 1,800 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Leadership, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.
For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222. To audition for the Center for Performing Arts, visit www.umobile.edu/audition.
Voices of Mobile at the Brooklyn Tabernacle
Poster at the Pentagon chapel
Praying at the Pentagon
Singing at the Pentagon, pictured above and below