Concert to benefit Emma's House; Sound Alliance and Vocal Union from BYU-Idaho to perform

Ravalli Republic

Sound Alliance and Vocal Union from Brigham Young University-Idaho will perform in Hamilton at Hamilton High School Performing Arts Center on April 17, at 7 p.m., as part of their spring tour through Montana, Idaho and Washington.

Sound Alliance and Vocal Union combine together to create an instrumental and vocal concert that will entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. The groups present a multi-faceted program with both ensembles interwoven to perform inspiring vocal and instrumental jazz selections.

Sound Alliance, with its 17 band musicians, and vocal union of 12 singers, will perform a variety of popular, big band and classic jazz tunes. The goal of both performing groups is to uplift audiences through quality music that inspires, entertains and leaves one feeling good. The upbeat nature of their program will appeal to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The ensembles are under the direction of Dr. Mark Watkins and Nori Brower, faculty members of the BYU-Idaho Department of Music. Watkins received his doctorate from Indiana University and is the director of jazz studies at BYU-Idaho. Mrs. Brower received a bachelor of music education in choral and general music from Utah State University, and a bachelor of Spanish education from BYU-Idaho. In addition to Vocal Union, she teaches music theory and ear training courses.

Watkins and Brower agree that their favorite part about conducting these groups is the opportunity to work with the students.

Lisa DeMoss