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Making music: UC native joining UT choir on tour

Making music: UC native joining UT choir on tour
Making music: UC native joining UT choir on tour | Making music: UC native joining UT choir on tour
By HOPE MONTGOMERY
Messenger intern
Sarah Triplett’s gift for music is taking her places — literally.
A junior accounting and finances major at the University of Tennessee at Martin, the Union City High School graduate is joining the Alumni Choir on tour this summer in New Zealand.
The choir is directed by Dr. Mark Simmons, an associate professor and the director of choirs at UT Martin. He is the trip advisor, and rightfully so, as he’s been to New Zealand several times. He is taking a group of 11 alumni and 14 current student singers from the university, known as the Alumni Choir, to participate in a 10-day performance tour through New Zealand June 13-23.
This is Simmons’ sixth time to travel to New Zealand — his second to take a student group and first to take the choir and a group so large. As he described the country and his interest in sharing it with the students he is taking on the tour, he said it is exciting and beautiful in its spaciousness.
This trip is available on an open invitation, and many students plan to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
They will be performing classical chamber music in churches across the country. Most of the performances will take place on the eastern coast of the south island, although they will be traveling to other points across the country for sightseeing. Simmons is particularly looking forward to a stop at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Dunedin, anticipating they will see their biggest audience there.
Miss Triplett, daughter of Dr. Jeff and Teri Triplett of Union City, is a music minor and one of the four non-music majors taking part in the tour. She has been active with the choir at UT Martin since her freshman year. She found out about the choir opportunities in high school. She attends UT Martin with a choir scholarship, so she went into college knowing she wanted to be involved.
She is involved with both the New Pacers choir and the University Singers on campus. The New Pacers choir is an audition-only choir, while the University Singers ensemble is open to students of all experience levels  without audition.
“I’m really looking forward to the scenery,” said Miss Triplett. “I hear it’s one of the prettiest places in the world.”
The tour will no doubt be an exciting one for the students and alumni involved.
Editor’s note: Hope Montgomery is a sophomore at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. She is the daughter of Bob and Amy Montgomery of Union City.
Published in The Messenger 5.30.13

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