Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Sep 30 2002

Four Seasons Vocal Arts Ensemble to Present Holiday Television Special: Sponsored by Concord College

Athens,W.Va. - Concord College has asked the Four Seasons Vocal Arts Ensemble (FSVAE) to videotape a Christmas concert for airing on television as Concord's gift to the region.

Dr. Jerry Beasley, president of Concord College, impressed by the quality of the Ensemble's performance at its Spring 2002 concert in Bramwell, W.Va., approached members of the group with the idea of airing their next Christmas concert.

FSVAE’s 2002 Christmas concert will be performed at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 1 and taped before a live audience at the historic stone Presbyterian Church in Bramwell, W.Va. The program will air on WVVA channel 6, Bluefield, at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 21 and 7 p.m. Monday, December 23 on the Charter Channel in the Princeton, Charleston and Parkersburg areas.

All of the Ensemble members are residents of Four Seasons Country and many are Concord alumni. The members are: Rebecca Allen, Keith Circle, Michael Curry, Daveen Denardo, Frank Dishman, Jerry Hawks, Angel Jenks, Bobby Jenks, Yvonne Murray, Denise Parker, Gina Terry, Dreama Young, and Jimmy Queen. Timothy Waugh is the director.

FSVAE president Keith Circle stated, “The mission of the FSVAE is to work toward the outstanding performance of challenging choral literature in order to present an enjoyable, educational, entertaining and thrilling experience for our audience, to provide personal challenge, self betterment and enjoyment for our members, to promote the arts, and to help promote our Four Seasons Country community from which our group derives its name.

“Our program will provide an hour of quality entertainment for the people of the areas in which the show airs and will help promote Concord College, the Four Seasons Vocal Arts Ensemble, and Four Seasons Country,” Circle said.

The FSVAE was established in the fall of 1998 by request of its members to provide an outlet for the performance of challenging, high quality choral literature and in the interest of fostering and advancing great choral literature of all types and styles in southern West Virginia.

Funding for the program will come from Concord College and sponsorship by Four Seasons Country businesses.

Charter Media will videotape the performance.

For more information, contact Keith Circle by telephone at 1-304-384-7737, email tenor@citlink.net


Photo: The Four Seasons Vocal Arts Ensemble Spring 2002 concert. Left to right: Angel Jenks, Gina Terry (seated), Linda Peak, Jimmy Queen (hidden), Daveen Denardo, Trevor Smith (hidden), Yvonne Murray, Dreama Young (seated), Rebecca Allen, Michael Curry, Keith Circle, Denise Parker.

FSVAE information

The FSVAE, under the direction of Tim Waugh, is a 14 member, semi-professional choral group comprised of local choral singers from Bluefield, Bramwell, Princeton, Welch, and Athens. By “semi-professional” we mean the group supports itself solely on donations from our concert attendees, but the members are volunteers. All our members are teachers in our local schools and colleges and/or experienced soloists. The group is a compilation of the “cream” of other local choral groups such as First Community Bank Choir, Bluefield Masterworks Chorale, and local church choirs. The FSVAE is not affiliated with any church, school or civic organization.

The Four Seasons Vocal Arts Ensemble was established in the fall of 1998 by the request of its members to provide an outlet for the performance of challenging, high quality choral literature and in the interest of fostering and advancing great choral literature of all types and styles in southern West Virginia.

Our mission is to work toward the outstanding performance of high quality choral literature to provide personal challenge, self betterment, and enjoyment for our members, to present an enjoyable, entertaining, educational, and thrilling experience for our audience, and to help promote our Four Seasons Country community from which our group derives its name.

PO BOX 1000, VERMILLION ST., ATHENS, WV 24712.