FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2013
Glenville, WV— For the third time in her career, the voice of Glenville State College Assistant Professor of Music Teresa Dody has graced the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Last fall, Dody was invited by renowned British composer Jonathan Willcocks to perform in the choral premiere of his ‘A Great and Glorious Victory.’ Dody has had the opportunity to work with Maestro Willcocks on previous occasions as well. In 2001 and again in 2008, Dody was honored to perform as a soloist at Carnegie Hall.
The performance of ‘A Great and Glorious Victory’ was held on January 20, 2013 in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. The production included a massed choir comprised of several choirs from the United Kingdom, other singers from the United States, and orchestra and tenor soloists.
“It is always a thrill and an honor to perform in one of, if not, the most famous halls in the United States. This is the first time for me to perform in the largest hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium, and as part of an ensemble. I loved my previous opportunities as a soloist, but this was rewarding as well. Jonathan Willcock’s music is beautiful and inspiring. It is a gorgeous auditorium, and it was a joy to be part of the premiere,” said Dody.
Dody is completing her fifth year at GSC. She teaches vocal music education, voice, and directs the GSC choirs. In 2011, Dody was selected as the GSC Curtis Elam Professor.
Professor Dody is once again looking forward to working with Willcocks but this time at Glenville State College. Maestro Willcocks has agreed to come to GSC for a week’s residency and perform a major work with students, faculty, and the community. It was hoped that Willcocks would visit GSC in October of 2013 to lead a production of ‘African Sanctus’ by British composer David Fanshawe. However, financial considerations have pushed the Willcocks’ residency to October of 2014.
“Jonathan Willcocks, a major figure in choral music, has agreed to come to Glenville State College in the fall of 2014. I was privileged to perform this work with Maestro Willcocks in July of 2011. I’ve been studying this piece with the intention of our students having the opportunity to experience it. It is an incredible work as it melds the tribal music from Africa with a setting of the Anglican mass. Mr. Fanshawe recorded the tribal music in Africa as he traveled along the Nile. At one point he was hearing the music from a Christian church alongside the Islamic call to prayer and was inspired that both societies could exist peacefully. The recordings he made are infused with the live performance of a large choir, children’s choir, soprano soloist, various percussionist, and guitar players. It is truly like something that has not been heard before and so inspiring. Maestro Willcocks is the world’s leading expert on the work as he has performed it more than twenty times world-wide. We had hoped to do it this fall but unfortunately had to postpone it for a year due to a lack of funding. I’m excited at the possibilities for bringing the world to our students here in Glenville,” said Dody.
Willcocks’ visit to GSC is dependent on the GSC Fine Arts Department’s ability to raise approximately $7,000 needed to fund the project. Dody says that efforts are underway to secure the needed funding. Anyone wishing to contribute may contact Dody at Teresa.Dody@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6345.