The Southern Invitational Choral Conference (SICC) will present two free public concerts Sept. 23-24, including one at The University of Southern Mississippi.
The first, hosted by Southern Miss choral groups, is Monday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The second concert, performed by the SICC high school and community college groups, is Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.
The SICC is an honor choir where high school and community college students have the opportunity to rehearse great music with clinicians from around the country, learn valuable singing skills and make friendships that last a lifetime. Every year for the past 10 years, more than 500 students from the tri-state area descend upon the Hattiesburg campus on the last Monday of September.
Participants not only experience music making at its finest, but also enjoy and explore the beautiful Hattiesburg campus – some for first time. Many students fall in love with the campus, the abundance of campus activities and the School of Music.
Tanner Watson, a journalism major and transfer student from Southwest Mississippi Community College, chose Southern Miss based on his experience at SICC. “It was a blast,” Watson said as he recalled his experience last year. “SICC helped me discover Southern Miss.”
SICC participants also have a very unique opportunity to audition for choral scholarships before School of Music audition days. Tupelo native Charlie Dexter, a current singer for the Spirit of Southern, Southern Miss Men and Concert Choir, received a scholarship to sing in the choirs this year after he auditioned at last year's conference.
“I was blown away by the (Southern Miss) choirs that performed,” Dexter said. “The first thing I did was try out for a scholarship to sing.”
For more information, call the Southern Miss School of Music at 601.266.5543.