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From Carnegie to Oglethorpe, “Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass”

Dr. Timothy Sharp

Dr. Timothy Sharp

The Oglethorpe University Singers will be joined by Georgia’s own Chuck Nation Band, to perform an all-bluegrass lineup: Come Away to the Skies, A High Lonesome Mass by Wes Ramsay and Tim Sharp.

The concert will be held Thursday, April 19, at 8:00 p.m. at the Conant Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10, available at:

Hot off a Carnegie Hall bluegrass performance, guest Composer and Conductor-in-Residence Tim Sharp will join forces with the Oglethorpe University choirs, as well as guest choirs from the Atlanta area for this one night-only performance.

Sharp is the Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association, the largest choral organization in the world, and is in his ninth season as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus. He will appear at Oglethorpe having recently conducted highly-acclaimed performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and around the world.

timothy powell

Dr. Timothy Michael Powell

In addition, the concert will feature the Georgia premiere of Billy Boy by Oglethorpe’s own Dr. Timothy Powell, director of choral activities, as well as his acclaimed new work, Dear Appalachia.  The Oglethorpe University Singers, led by Dr. Powell, include:

ALTOS – Yasmin Anderson, Edie Brush, Alison (Tess) Curl, Ansley Dyer, Amari Holmes, Victoria Lee, Cameron MacKenna, Kiana Perkins, Emily Schultz, Adowa Walo, Marisa Williams, Marlena Young, Gavonta Zanders;

BASSES – Gregory Best, Luke Evans, Jacob Janes, Conor O’Toole, Loren Sokol, Jake Van Valkenburg, Max Wagner;

SOPRANOS – Jessica Azrin, Raquel (Erin) Battaglia, Sarah Davidson, Mikayla Entrekin, Sammy Foster, Kennedy Henry, Becky Highsmith, Parker Hughes, Enjoli Johnson, Gillian Rabin, Lauren Sakryd, Piriya Sureshkumar, Nissi Villanueva;

TENORS – Sam Clements, Caleb Feibus, Asim Javed, Wesley Johnson, Chandler Lakin, Alex Ray, Alex Wilson

Dr. Sharp will also present a guest lecture on the roots of American folk music, bluegrass, and shape-note singing on Wednesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the Trustee Room in Turner Lynch Campus Center. Dr. Sharp’s guest lecture is a unique opportunity for those interested in folk music or music composition and theory to learn about the techniques, history, and strategies from an internationally recognized talent.  Read more…

Chuck Nation Band

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