Voice students to study in Bahamas

From Kentucky State University:

FRANKFORT, KY – Two Kentucky State University Concert Choir students will travel to the Bahamas on Tuesday, May 17, to participate in a leadership and vocal program with more than 100 students from historically black colleges and universities in the United States and the Bahamas.

Dr. Carl H. Smith, the university's choir director, will join students Arielle Crosby, a senior from Detroit, and DeMeeshia Marshall, a freshman from Columbus, Ohio, on the trip for the Leadership Academy-Vocal International Development program in Nassau, Bahamas. Crosby and Marshall will participate in leadership and vocal classes and rehearse for a group performance on May 21. Smith said the students will also have opportunities for recreation and sight-seeing in the Bahamas.

"These are students who have excelled," Smith said. "They're good vocal students and they're good academic students."

Smith said the program paid for most of the trip.

The students in the program will also become, if they are not already, part of the 105 Voices of History, an HBCU national concert choir that meets in Washington, D.C., each year.

The students said they were excited about going to the Bahamas for the first time. Crosby said she was excited about the various workshops and looking forward to learning more about conducting. Marshall said she was also looking forward to the experience.

"I'm looking forward to learning things I can bring back to the choir," Marshall said.

Smith will be one of the featured conductors during the One Voice: U.S.-Bahamian Music Gala on May 21 at the Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau. The program is titled "Celebrating Linkages of Cultures, Leadership, Legacies, Tradition and Talent."

Other conductors will come from Winston Salem State University, Hampton University, College of the Bahamas and the Bahamian National Youth Choir.

"I think it's extremely important that students get the opportunity to interchange with students from other countries," Smith said.

Smith said he was looking forward to the various changes in styles of music that the audience will receive during the performance.