World-renowned composer and arranger Alice Parker, artistic director of the not-for-profit corporation Melodious Accord, will continue her residency at Lee University through Sunday, Feb. 2, with several events that are open to the public.
Among the highlights on the schedule are her keynote lecture tonight, Jan. 30, and a community sing on Friday, Jan. 31. Both events are free, but admission tickets are required due to limited space. Both will be held in the Lee University Chapel, 11th and Ocoee streets in Cleveland, Tenn.
The keynote address will include discussion on melody, music and singing, topics in which Parker is an expert. She has published books on melodic styles, choral improvisation and "good singing in church." Her detailed analysis, "The Anatomy of Melody," was released in 2006, and "The Alice Parker Melodious Accord Hymnal" was introduced in 2010.
At the community sing, Parker will lead the audience in singing favorite hymns and folk songs. Event organizers say there is no need to read music, as all of the teaching is done by rote and the atmosphere "is one of delight in music-making."
To reserve complimentary tickets, call the Dixon Center box office at 423-614-8343 (open 3-6 p.m. weekdays). For information on the nonticketed events, call the School of Music at 423-614-8240.
Today, Jan. 30
■ 9:10-10:30 a.m. "Chorus Literature" discussion in Curtsinger Music Building Choral Rehearsal Room. Includes discussion of hymns/songs, the composer's view, finding a song in the poem.
■ 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Choral Union rehearsal in Curtsinger Music Building Choral Rehearsal Room. Repertoire: "Kyrie, Dona Nobis Pacem" from Haydn, plus "Nelson Mass," "God Is Seen," "Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal."
■ 4 p.m. Twenty-minute performance sing in Squires Recital Hall.
■ 7:30 p.m. Keynote lecture, "The Anatomy and Spirituality of Melody," in Lee University Chapel. Ticket required.
Friday, Jan. 31
■ 11-11:50 a.m. Capstone Course in Curtsinger Music Building, Room 125. Discussion with graduating seniors.
■ 2-4 p.m. Workshop and Q&A on choral arranging and composing in Curtsinger Music Building, Room 118.
■ 7:30 p.m. Community sing in Lee University Chapel. Parker leads audience in evening of singing hymns and folk songs. Ticket required.
Sunday, Feb. 2
■ 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Parker leads choir and congregational song in worship, "Wondrous Love: A Service of Hymns for Communion," at Broad Street United Methodist Church, 155 Central Ave., NW, Cleveland. Choir anthems: "Be Joyful in God," "Wondrous Love."