‘Our Journey Home’

The Texas A&M University Women’s Chorus will perform a concert at San Marcos Academy April 6 as part of their “Our Journey Home” Spring Tour. The concert is open to the public. Texas A&M photo

Texas A&M Women’s Chorus to open spring tour at San Marcos Academy

To kick off their 2018 Spring Tour, the Texas A&M University Women’s Chorus will perform a concert at San Marcos Academy at 8 a.m. Friday, April 6, in the Robinson Christian Center.

The public is invited to join Academy students for the performance, which is part of the group’s “Our Journey Home” Spring Tour.

The performance will be a “coming home” event for three of the Women’s Chorus singers who graduated from high school in San Marcos.

 Sara Porterfield and Samantha Govea, 2014 graduates of San Marcos High School, are both seniors at Texas A&M and have been in the Women’s Chorus for four years. Sarita Ojeda, a recent San Marcos Academy graduate, is also a member of the chorus.

 The three young women all got their start in singing as members of the Texas State University School of Music’s Hill Country Youth Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Lynn M. Brinckmeyer, co-founder and artistic director of the diverse group of young voices. The professional children’s chorus has earned a growing regional reputation as an outstanding performance and educational model.

 Porterfield and Govea were members from its inception in 2005 to their high school graduation in 2014 and Ojeda was a member while she was in high school at the Academy. Brinckmeyer, professor of Music, associate director for the School of Music, and director of Choral Music Education, provided outstanding instruction and opportunities for performance and traveling concerts that fueled the young women’s lifelong passions for singing.

 Porterfield is graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Service and Administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service Govea is completing her Bachelors of Science in Human Resources. Ojeda is a Communications major.

 The Texas A&M University Women’s Chorus was founded as a student organization in 1979. Members are dedicated to choral excellence and possess a true passion for music, taking pride in themselves and their group as they represent Texas A&M across the state and nation as well as abroad.

The Chorus tours every spring throughout the state of Texas. This year’s tour will include stops in San Marcos, San Antonio, Fredericksburg and Austin. The chorus also participates annually in the “Holiday Spirit of Aggieland Concert” with the Singing Cadets and Century Singers.

Additionally, the Chorus hosts a Spring Concert followed by a members’ banquet, which allows the ladies to look back on the year and celebrate their accomplishments. The final performance of the academic year occurs at Aggie Muster, where each organization in the A&M Choral Activities Department has the honor of celebrating the fallen Aggies of the past year through music. Muster is held annually on April 21.

Every three years, the Women’s Chorus has the opportunity to travel internationally for a week-long tour at the beginning of the summer. In May 2018, the Chorus will tour Romania. Previous destinations have included China, Canada, England and Hungary.

Conductor of the Women’s Chorus is Travis Angel, who is the assistant director of Choral Activities at Texas A&M. Julia Weber, A&M Class of 2018, is president of the Chorus, and Gabie Forames, also in the Class of 2018, is the performance manager

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