From the Symphony to the Supreme Court

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Russell Guerrero '83
Feb. 27, 2012

From the Symphony to the Supreme Court

Trinity University choirs go from performing show tunes with Broadway artists to touring Washington D.C. and New York City

Trinity choir rehearsing with Broadway artist Capathia JenkinsIt has been an eventful semester for the talented student singers who comprise the Trinity University vocal ensembles. In February, members of the Trinity Choir, the Chamber Singers, and Voix d'Esprit - the women's chorus - performed with three Broadway artists and the San Antonio Symphony in two concerts filled with show stopping numbers from the Great White Way. It was the first time Trinity choir members have performed with the symphony in more than 30 years.

Gary Seighman, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, said he was contacted by the symphony last summer about the vocal opportunity. Seighman quickly agreed. With only three weeks of practice, 83 students found themselves performing songs from Rent, Hairspray, Wicked, and other musicals with the symphony and singers Anne Runolfsson, Capathia Jenkins, and Rob Evan.

"It was a wonderful experience," said Leanne Stepchinski, a first-year student from Houston and a member of Voix d'Esprit. "The guest performers brought the show together by interacting with us, the symphony, the audience, and each other to make the end result really enjoyable."

"I couldn't believe how well our choir came together," said Ashley Hamner, a senior from San Antonio who is majoring in business and is a member of the Chamber Singers as well as the Trinity Choir. "It was amazing and I was so proud of our choir after the concerts."

In March, the Trinity Choir will go on tour to several cities including Washington D.C., Baltimore, Md., and New York.

While in Washington D.C., the choir will give an informal concert at the Supreme Court of the United States at the invitation of retired Maj. Gen. William K. Suter '59, clerk of the Supreme Court. The students will also get a private tour of the court.

Two weeks after returning to Trinity, Seighman will conduct the Spring Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall.

The busy schedule continues into April.

  • On Tuesday, April 3, Voix d'Esprit will perform music by women composers at the 2nd annual "Celebration of Women's Voices" concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall. The multi-media showcase will feature student monologues, poetry, and artwork. The event will also feature Los Inocentes, a local group that performs traditional music from around the world. The concert is free; however donations will be accepted to benefit WINGS, a non-profit breast cancer treatment organization.
  • On Saturday, April 21, Seighman, along with music professor Ken Greene, will conduct the Choral Union Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Parker Chapel. The event combines the voices of the choral groups along with the Trinity Alumni Choir and singers from the local community in a performance with the Trinity Symphony Orchestra. This year the program will feature "Te Deum" by Chapenteir and   "Toward the Unknown Region" by Vaughan Williams.

For a listing of all music events, visit Also, keep up with the choir as it travels by visiting its blog.