Last weekend, the Oglethorpe University Singers and members of the OU Symphony traveled to St. George’s Episcopal Church in Germantown, Tennessee to perform “Consider the Lilies: An Appalachian Requiem,” composed by Oglethorpe’s Music Director Dr. Timothy Powell. The performance was one of 18 premieres set to take place around the country.
In this free, community-oriented concert — called the “St. George’s Friends of Music Concert Series” — students were able to perform Dr. Powell’s spiritual piece in the spacious church sanctuary. The Singers also stopped by Belmont University to rehearse the requiem beforehand.
This performance marked the beginning of Spring Break for the student musicians, who sacrificed a small portion of their break to hone their craft in front of a live audience. The trip wasn’t all business, however. After their performance, students had the opportunity to explore Nashville and dine at local restaurants.
Dr. Powell “Appalachian Requiem” is “a work of comfort for those who have lost loved ones.” Utilizing timeless, folk-like melodies, and Appalachian hymns, this work by Dr. Powell is a deeply personal project.
The Oglethorpe University Singers often perform in Georgia and out-of-state. In 2019, the Singers were one of three U.S. performance groups invited to perform at an international music festival in China, bringing the talents of the student musicians to a world stage.