Snead State Choirs Present Musical Tribute to the Armed Forces


The Snead State Community Choir and Concert Choir are presenting a special Tribute to the Armed Forces during the spring concert on Thursday, April 27. 

The concert will present the premier of a commissioned piece written especially for the two choirs called “Soldier of Mine.”

“That piece is a setting of a poem that my mother wrote to my dad when he was overseas in World War II,” said Dr. Barbara Hudson, Music Department Chair and Director of both choirs. “The piece is set to music by the Music Department Chair of the University of Montevallo. Development of the piece was covered by a grant we received from the Alabama Council on the Arts.”

The concert will also feature a special guest performer from the University of Alabama. Tenor David Tayloe will perform some special pieces written about the war in Iraq. A native of North Carolina, Tayloe has been praised for his “lovely tenor that sings with Mozartean finesse.” He has made appearances with the Santa Fe Fletcher Institute, LSU Opera and the Frost Opera Theater. Recently he has been a finalist in the Oratorio Society of New Year competition and in the American Bach Society competition.

Tayloe has performed with the Grammy nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Voices. He has been a performer at the Magnolia Baroque Festival in North Carolina and the Duffy Composers Institute at the Virginia Arts Festival. He was awarded the Stern Fellowship at Songfest in Los Angeles. He holds degrees from the University of Miami, Louisiana State University and the Eastman School of Music. In the fall 2014, he joined the faculty of the University of Alabama as the Assistant Professor of Voice.

Dr. Alan Goldspiel, composer of “Soldier of Mine,” will also participate in the concert. He has performed world premieres at New York’s Carnegie and CAMI Halls and has been featured on NPR radio stations from coast to coast. He is the recipient of the Alabama State Council on the Arts 2016-2017 Artist Fellowship Award for artistic excellence as well as professional commitment and maturity – awarded to outstanding individual artists from Alabama who create important works of art and make valuable contributions to the entire state.

He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research, and service including the Louisiana State Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award for artistic excellence and the University Senate Chair Award from Louisiana Tech University. He is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Montevallo.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in Fielder Auditorium. Admission is free, and the community is invited to attend.

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