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ASU faculty, students raise instruments and voices to aid Hurricane Dorian victims


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October 02, 2019

Arizona State University faculty and students will join the Dayspring United Methodist Church Choirs on Saturday, Oct. 5, for a concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

The fundraiser was organized by ASU Professor David Schildkret, director of choral activities, along with internationally acclaimed opera star Gordon Hawkins, an assistant professor of voice, and Tychiko Cox, an ASU music performance doctoral student from the Bahamas. 

According to Schildkret, the benefit came together in less than a day as faculty members signed on to support Cox’s community at home. Schildkret will direct performances by the Dayspring Choirs and the ASU Chamber Singers

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David Schildkret (left) and Gordon Hawkins will join the ASU Chamber Singers and the Dayspring United Methodist Church Choirs this Saturday.

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the global humanitarian aid and emergency relief arm of the United Methodist Church. Donations will go directly to relief efforts in the Bahamas — all costs associated with the benefit will be covered by the United Methodist Church.

In addition to Hawkins, ASU School of Music faculty members performing include: Associate Professor Nancy Buck, viola; Assistant Director and Professor Andrew Campbell, piano; Clinical Assistant Professor Amanda DeMaris, soprano; Associate Professor Carole Fitzpatrick, soprano; Professor Michael Kocour, piano; School Director and Professor of Practice Heather Landes, flute; Clinical Associate Professor Robert Mills, piano; Assistant Professor Nathan Myers, baritone; Assistant Professor Stephanie Weiss, mezzo-soprano; and Instructor Andrea Will, soprano.

The benefit concert will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dayspring United Methodist Church, 1365 E. Elliot Road in Tempe, Arizona. Professional childcare is offered during the concert at no cost.

The concert is not ticketed. Donations will be accepted at the door or can be submitted online by selecting the UMCOR fund. 

Top photo: David Schildkret conducting the ASU Choir at Holiday Gala December 2016. Photo by Tim Trumble

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