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Thomasville Singers announces new season, new director 

RaymondHughesThe Thomasville Singers will begin rehearsals for its 2013-2014 season at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in the Flowers Executive Classroom in the new Smith-Bonvillian Hall on the Main Campus of Thomas University.

“The new executive classroom is a kind of auditorium with comfortable, tiered seating that has been equipped with a grand piano and will make a great rehearsal space,” said Dr. Karl Barton, Coordinator of Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU).

Also new this season will be Raymond Hughes as director of the Thomasville Singers.  Hughes is former Chorus Master for the Metropolitan Opera and current artistic director of the Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe.

“I had the opportunity to hear the Thomasville Singers perform Mozart’s Requiem Mass under the direction of Paul Liljestrand and was very impressed,” Hughes said. “I hope to continue the good work Paul started and lead the Thomasville Singers into a new era of recognition as the community treasure it already is.”

The community choir has been a feature of the music department at Thomas University dating back to 1995 as the Thomas College Community Chorus under the direction of Ed Lyon. It began to operate in earnest as the Thomasville Singers in 2006 with Paul Liljestrand directing in conjunction with William Collins.

“The impetus to rekindle the community chorus in Thomasville began in 2003 and 2004 as part of a partnership with the Valdosta Symphony Chorus and came to full fruition when Paul moved to Thomasville the following year,” Barton said.

The Thomasville Singers will rehearse every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Flowers Executive Classroom of the Smith-Bonvillian Hall. Membership is open to all with the ability to sing on pitch and a desire to improve singing skills.

“I would like to encourage everyone who has an interest in singing and making some great music together to join us Monday nights,” Hughes continued. “It will give people the opportunity to perform selections from a wide range of musical styles and genres that a church choir can’t provide.”

Those interested in joining should enter the TU campus from Pinetree Boulevard, park in an available space in the lot. Smith-Bonvillian Hall is the building with large columns at the entrance. Once entering, the lobby, the Flowers Executive Classroom is immediately to the left. For additional information, call (229) 227-6964.

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