Feb. 5, 2009
For Immediate Release
CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TO HOST ELIZABETHTOWN AREA SACRED COMMUNITY CHOIR FEB. 27
By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University will host The Elizabethtown Area Sacred Community Choir (TEASCC) Friday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Ransdell Chapel.
The concert is part of CU’s Baptist Heritage Series that culminates in the “Celebrating 400 Years of Baptist Heritage” event April 2 at the Louisville Campus. The Robertson Worship Endowment is also a sponsor of the concert. Dr. Robert Doty, faculty emeritus at Campbellsville University, will serve as guest narrator for the program.
The performance, titled “Honoring Baptists,” is free and open to the public.
“TEASCC gathers a flexible group of singers from all around central Kentucky,” said D. Sida Hodoroabà-Roberts, director and founder of the group.
She said volunteer members come from communities within a 50-mile radius around Elizabethtown. They represent various ages, races and Christian affiliations.
The group’s goal is to present an annual joint project to the communities represented.
The choir’s program, which will include a wide repertoire of pieces from various style periods, invites audiences to a musical journey through time, beliefs, controversies, characteristics and styles of the Baptist denomination, Hodoroabà-Roberts said. The program will include narrations and multimedia presentations.
She said the choir combines voices with different levels of proficiencies where professional singers and well-trained voices serve as leaders to those not as cognizant of music or of vocal production.
“The mixture provides a well-rounded choral sound, marked for its accuracy in pitch and diction, and its blended tones,” she said.
“Overwhelming positive responses characterize both participants’ and audiences’ reactions,” she said.
D. Sida Hodoroabà-Roberts, right, is director and founder of The Elizabethtown Area Sacred Community Choir (TEASCC), and her husband, Dr. Wesley Roberts, professor of music at Campbellsville University, is principal accompanist for TEASCC. The group will perform Feb. 27 at Campbellsville University as part of the CU Baptist Heritage Series. (Campbellsville University Photo by Linda Waggener)
Hodoroabà-Roberts is a musician from France with graduate training in church music. Her primary goal for TEASCC is to share with the public the revelation of Christ through themes of crucial significance to contemporary singers, and listeners alike.
Her affiliation with the Hymn Society (www.thehymnsociety.org) brings her, and her husband, Dr. Wesley Roberts, professor of music at Campbellsville University, principal accompanist for TEASCC, into constant awareness of new trends and forms of expressions in the field of sacred music.
Past performances by TEASCC include “For the Healing of the Nations,” “The Book of Waters,” “Women Hymn Writers and Composers,” “Charles Wesley around the World” and “My Brother’s Keeper.”
For more information, contact choir director D. Sida Roberts at (270) 403-5528 or First Presbyterian Church at (270) 765-7663.
Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.