Prentice Concert Chorale is pleased Shelton Singers of Shelton State Community College will join us to sing this year’s Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert.
Shelton Singers are an auditioned mixed choir that was formed over 30 years ago to function as the main vocal ensemble at the college. Over the years the choir has been directed by Syble Coats, Glinda Blackshear, and by the current director, Mark Brown. The choir is made up of students pursuing many different academic fields of study including music, business, nursing, mass communication, and education, to just name a few. The ensemble has performed from Hawaii to Orlando to Carnegie Hall. The Shelton Singers enjoy performing several concerts each year in the community and at the college. These concerts include “Poetry in Music,” spiritual concerts in February, and also a Broadway review concert every spring. The also regularly participates in the Alabama Collegiate Choral Festival every November with both 2-Year and 4-Year colleges. Every 2 years, the choir attends a 2-Year College Choral festival in NYC performing with a live orchestra in Carnegie Hall. The choir is excited to be participating in this TSO Christmas concert alongside The Prentice Concert Chorale, The Alabama Choir School, and the University of Alabama Choirs.
Mark Brown received his Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University, his Master of Music in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and his Doctor of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from The University of Mississippi. He has been teaching at Shelton State since 1996. He has sung professionally with the Houston Symphony Orchestra Chorus as well as being a tenor soloist with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra in performance of Mozart’s Mass in c minor. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association where he has served as the two-year college chairman for the State of Alabama. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing where he is currently serving as the web-site committee chairman for the State of Alabama.