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Spring concert well received

Laurinburg, N.C. – A capacity crowd filled the Vardell Lobby for the 2011 St. Andrews Presbyterian College Choir Concert Monday night.

After opening with the Alma Mater, the choir shared some sacred pieces before freshman Orianna Best shared her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables. After selections from My Fair Lady, featuring a solo by freshman Cathy Walter, the spotlight turned to a freshman and senior instrumental duet.

“I had a unique experience in January,” said William McConnell, associate professor of music and choir conductor. “I had this young man come up to me and say, ‘I’m new here and I play violin.’ Now, if you’ve heard beginning violin before you know it can be scary. So I said, ‘okay, let me hear you play.’ And he was good. So we have incoming student Jesse Gordon and senior Doug Holt playing a piece from the movie Titanic.”

Their duet received one of the strongest reactions by the audience.

The men of the choir shared “Vive L’Amour” before senior Leah Davison and December graduate Nicole Richardson shared “Defying Gravity” from Wicked. Next came senior surprise number one when the eight seniors in the choir and Richardson joined together with piano accompanist Sean Moore to perform “And So It Goes” in honor of McConnell.

“I get even,” said McConnell, after sharing hugs with several seniors as they made their way back to their performance location for “The Cloths of Heaven.” Next came selections from West Side Story before senior Philip Ratchford shared “This it the Moment” from Jekyll and Hyde. McConnell then made good on his promise to get even, introducing the seniors before dedicating “Without a Song” to the group.

“The rule is if they make me cry, they get a quarter,” he said. “I don’t have any quarters on me so I may have to take out some loans.”

While McConnell survived his song and the subsequent performance of the choir of “True Light,” senior surprise number two sent him to the bank.


Choir at Spring Concert

The SAPC Choir performs a selection during the Spring 2011 Concert.

Doug Holt and Andrew Roberto

Senior Doug Holt plays piano while senior Andrew Roberto sings "Wind Beneath My Wings," a song they dedicated to Dr. William McConnell and Sean Moore for sharing their talents with the students so greatly during their time at St. Andrews.

Dr. McConnell and Doug Holt

Dr. William McConnell hands over a quarter to Doug Holt for making him cry during the performance as Sean Moore and Andrew Robert, who'd already collected his quarter, look on.

“Dr. McConnell and Sean Moore do so much for us,” said Holt as he took over the piano while directing the honored mentors to the front row. “Andrew Roberto and I would like to thank them for sharing their talents with us with this song.”

The performance of “Wind Beneath My Wings” was enough to earn Holt and Roberto a quarter each. McConnell recovered enough to conduct the choir for their final selection of the evening “A Parting Blessing.”

About St. Andrews Presbyterian College

An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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