By Michaela Herman
Local university choir members will perform at the presidential inauguration in Washington D.C. this January, according to its choir director.
The Missouri State University choir (MSU), directed by Dr. Cameron LaBarr, will be heading to Washington D.C. Jan. 20 to perform at the 58th presidential inauguration in front of a huge crowd of people, including current and former presidents and presidential candidates. The event will be televised live as well for those back home.
“We are very honored that the Missouri State University Chorale has been selected to perform at the inauguration,” said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III in the Missouri State News website. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for Chorale students to take part in an important and historic event.”
According to MSU choir director Dr. Cameron LaBarr, MSU had some help getting the opportunity from Missouri representatives in Washington. Senator Roy Blunt, who is the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, helped arrange the opportunity and notified Smart himself.
“I’m very proud to announce that MSU’s Chorale will represent the university and the state of Missouri on the national stage at the 58th Presidential Inauguration,” Blunt told the Missouri State News website. “I have no doubt that the millions of Americans watching the ceremony will be as impressed with these incredibly talented students as all of us who have had the opportunity to hear them perform.”
This event is open to the public and is free. There will be about one million people present in D.C. and nearly 40 million people around the country watching this live on TV.
John Wykoff in Tennessee is writing the songs for the choir to sing at the inauguration, LaBarr said.
“The students will gain positive memories and a greater understanding of their government, like the Supreme Court, Congress and the executive branches,” LaBarr said.
There will be about 50 students performing, and after they perform, they will have time to go visit monuments and enjoy the Capitol city, LaBarr said.