Two University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir members have been selected to participate in the 105 Voices of History HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) National Choir.

Two University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir members have been selected to participate in the 105 Voices of History HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) National Choir.

The gala concert will be held in the Andrew Mellon Auditorium at Washington, D.C., on Friday.

Vesper Choir members selected for participation are Phyllissa Dunk, junior music performance major from Arlington, Texas, and Steven Howard, junior computer science major from Camden.

A soprano, Dunk is a regional winner in the solo competition. The winner of this competition will receive a scholarship and opportunities for coaching and performance with the Washington National Opera Company.

The “105 Voices of History” is a national choir representing every HBCU in the nation. It will showcase the collective talents of these students at a premiere event at the Mellon Auditorium and later at both the Kennedy Center and at the Grand Ole Opry. This national choir was established to provide a national voice to America for the HBCUs. It is intended to heighten the public awareness of the legacy and the importance of all university choirs on HBCU campuses. The “105 Voices of History” provides a national platform for the HBCU choir community to provide access and links to partnerships, for collaboration for research and grant opportunities, for national performance venues such as the Kennedy Center and a linkage to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington National Opera Company for all HBCUs.

This is a focused program, developed by Partners Achieving Success, led by Renata Toni Roy, and is intended to develop a cadre of diverse leaders through the arts. The students who were selected to participate in this all-expenses-paid event departed Monday for this five-day experience.

Seminars on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, healthy lifestyles and other important topics will be held. There will be events emphasizing healthy lifestyles and concerts by professional performance groups.

For more information about the Vesper Choir, call 870-575-7001.