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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

November 14, 2018

School of the Ozarks hosts Mark Twain Conference choral music workshop

Mark Twain Conference high school students perform at the Williams Memorial Chapel.Students from all across Missouri join with School of the Ozarks in performing music at the William’s Memorial Chapel.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — On Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, School of the Ozarks hosted the Mark Twain Conference workshop for area high school choir students in the Williams Memorial Chapel on the College of the Ozarks campus.

Each year the music departments of the conference schools host an all-day music clinic where the students combine to form a large ensemble and work with a guest clinician and conductor. The 151 high school students participating in this event came from five schools — Hurley, Bradleyville, Niangua, New Covenant Academy, and School of the Ozarks.

Each school had prepared before arriving, and beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, the students continued rehearsal of songs chosen by the guest clinician, Raynard Brown, and the accompanist, Desiree Forney. Brown currently teaches choral music in the St. Louis area and has conducted clinics and honor choirs throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Florida. Forney is a performing pianist and private music teacher in Springfield, Missouri.

Their efforts culminated in a final performance which was held that afternoon at 2:45 p.m. in the Williams Memorial Chapel. The music included:

  • “Jubilate Deo,” by Nancy Hill Cobb
  • “This is Me,” by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul/arr. Mac Huff
  • “Dies Irae,” by Ruth Morris Gray
  • “Take Me to the Water,” by Rollo Dilworth

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


11.14.18 – Andrew Ferkel



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