Missouri State University Chorale

Everybody goes through it – that awkward phase known as puberty. Unfortunately, the most dramatic changes become evident when you attempt to be your most melodic.  

Dr. Cameron LaBarr, director of choral studies at Missouri State University, knows the incredible value music adds to life. He wants to talk about sticking with music even when the voice doesn’t seem able to stick to a note. 

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Recent national news stories focused on the marching band at a historically black college in Alabama that’s preparing to perform in President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural parade.  After several days of intense debate on social media, where some people voiced strong opposition, the president of Talladega College in Alabama confirmed the band would perform.

Michele Skalicky

Shocked expressions, smiles, a few tears and looks of disbelief were on the faces of Missouri State University Chorale members Friday.   The university held an event at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts to make a "special announcement."

The choir filed onto risers, as the event began, to sing for those in attendance.  As they performed Shenandoah under the direction of Cameron LaBarr, MSU director of musical studies, they, and few in the crowd, knew the surprise concerned them.