Blair Children’s Choir

Blair Children’s Concert Choir performs free recital at The Renaissance Center

Release Date: 11/12/2003. Expired: 11/17/2003

The nationally recognized Blair Children’s Concert Choir will perform as part of The Renaissance Center’s Recitals in the Rotunda series on Nov. 17.

The free performance in the center’s rotunda begins at 7 p.m.

One of four choirs that make up the Blair Children’s Choruses of Vanderbilt University, the Blair Children’s Concert Choir is comprised of junior and senior high school girls from all over the Middle Tennessee area.

Under the direction of Pamela Schneller and accompanied on piano by Roland Schneller, the Blair Children’s Concert Choir is recognized for its beautiful, clear sound, the high quality of its repertoire and its ability to capture the hearts of audiences of all ages.

With a repertoire that includes music from all periods from Renaissance to contemporary and includes works by J.S. Bach, William Schumann and Benjamin Britten, the choir has performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Nashville Opera and at numerous civic and social events. Annual tours have taken the choir to London and Canterbury, England, Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, Toronto and Vancouver, Canada, and throughout the United States.

Four choirs make up the Blair Children’s Chorus program at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt. Beginning at grade three, boys and girls, chosen by audition, come together to share beautiful music and develop their vocal and music skills, according to Schneller. “All share a love of singing and a desire to learn with others as an ensemble dedicated to performing music of all times and places,” she said.

Schneller has been artistic director of the Blair Children’s Chorus program for 14 years. She is a senior lecturer in choral music at Blair and also conducts the Vanderbilt University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and the Vanderbilt Community Chorus. She holds degrees from Scarritt Graduate School and the University of Illinois.

Roland Schneller is a senior artist teacher of piano at Blair and accompanies the chorus. He holds degree from Indiana University at Mt. Union College. A member of the Blair faculty since 1964, Schneller’s students compete at the regional, state and local level and are known for their outstanding musicianship and artistry.

“We are excited to have a choir of the Blair Children’s Concert Choir’s caliber to perform as part of our recital series,” said Wes Ramsey, coordinator of the series at The Renaissance Center. “We believe everyone who comes to hear the performance in the rotunda will be amazed at the talents of these young ladies.”

The Recitals in the Rotunda series offers free concerts every other Monday featuring professional musicians, faculty from area universities, accomplished students and various ensembles.

For more information on the Recitals in the Rotunda series, call Elaine Sherrill, senior director of music, at (615)740-5545.

The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

Visit the Events - Concerts and Recitals page for more about musical performances.


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