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Stetson Inspirare women’s chorus to perform May 30

Inspirare, Stetson University’s community women’s chorus, part of the Stetson Community School of Music, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 30, in Lee Chapel, inside Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

Now in its third year Inspirare, meaning “to breathe and to inspire,” was founded by its director Ann Small, internationally known scholar and conductor, who has taught music at Stetson University’s School of Music since 1983. Small’s articles on music education have been published on many occasions. Her children’s choirs, part of the Stetson Community School of the Arts, have performed across the United States and in Scotland and Canada. They also were featured in a worldwide event sponsored at Disney World by the Music Educators National Conference. Her choirs have sung for regional and national American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference.

Women singers from across Volusia County, as well as Stetson faculty and staff, have joined together to participate in Inspirare. Auditions were not required. Donations ($10 adults; $8 seniors; $5 students suggested) will be accepted at the door.

Accompanied by Tammy Miller, adjunct music professor, and directed by Small, the concert will also feature soprano Marya Barry, and the narrator will be Monya Winzer Gilbert.

Women’s choirs are ideally suited for music about spiritual and romantic love. The concert will include a work by Canadian composer, Imant Raminsh called “Chariot Children” and a French Canadian folk song.

The finale from Mendelssohn’s incidental music written for Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, will feature Miller, piano, and Barry, soprano. The narration will be read by Gilbert, former violinist, and well-known arts administrator, who was instrumental in bringing the International Festival to Daytona Beach.

To learn more about this group, contact Small at asmall@stetson.edu, or call Stetson’s School of Music at (386) 822-8950.