Monte Atkinson and the concert choir and symphony orchestra
Monte Atkinson, DMA, conducts CMU's Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra.


Concert choir and symphony orchestra invited to perform at major conference

Music education majors from Colorado Mesa University are attending the Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA) conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the end of January. They are joined by CMU’s Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra, which will give a featured performance at the conference. On Jan. 26, the choir and orchestra will give the same performance for the Grand Junction community in a bon voyage concert.

The annual CMEA conference showcases hundreds of elementary, middle school and high schools in choirs, bands, orchestras and jazz ensembles. More than one thousand music teachers attend the music education convention, which is among the largest in the nation.

Music education students across the state attend the CMEA conference to learn new teaching and performance techniques in workshops taught by notable clinicians. This year, many CMU faculty members will present at the conference.

Each year, the CMEA extends invitations to perform to the top ensembles from university music departments. The CMU performance is conducted by Monte Atkinson, DMA. After the CMEA concert, Atkinson will be presented with an award recognizing his 25 years of service to the association.

The program includes music by masters from four periods, including "Zadok the Priest," by George F. Handel, which has been performed at every English coronation ceremony since 1727. The performance also includes masterworks by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and U.S. composer Mack Wilberg.

The bon voyage concert begins at 5pm in CMU’s Boelter-Combs Instrumental Hall in the Moss Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, faculty/staff and $5 for students. They are available by calling the Colorado Mesa University Box Office at 970.248.1604.

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