The Albany State University Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers will continue a Christmas tradition by presenting their annual holiday concert as a gift to the Albany community. This year’s concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Albany. There is no admission charge.
The tradition of performing at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church began when the ASU campus was devastated by flooding in 1994. Caroline Hall, where the concert was traditionally held, was so ravaged by floodwaters that the building had to be demolished. Only its chimney remains today.
The congregation of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church opened their doors to the choristers following the flood, and the Christmas Concert has been held there ever since on the first Sunday evening in December.
The first Christmas Concert at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church was directed by Dr. Leroy Bynum, now Dean of the ASU College of Arts and Humanities. The Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers are now conducted by Dr. Marcia Mitchell Hood, chair of the Department of Fine Arts.
Dr. Hood joined the ASU faculty in the fall of 2004. She holds degrees from the University of Alabama in Piano Performance, Music Education and Choral Conducting with a minor in Music History. In addition to her roles at ASU, Dr. Hood also serves as the Artistic Director of the Albany Chorale, a community choral ensemble that has performed since 1929.
For more information about the Christmas Concert, call the ASU Department of Fine Arts at 430-4849.