Students from Fort Bend ISD’s 11 high school choral music programs will join their voices for a presentation of selections from George Frederick Handel’s oratorio, The Messiah. The musical event will take place on Tuesday, November 29, at 7:00 pm, in the Austin High School Auditorium at 3434 Pheasant Creek Drive in Sugar Land.
The Messiah performance offers parents and patrons the opportunity to experience the high caliber of FBISD’s combined chorus. Soloists for the performance were selected from among FBISD’s choral students, who auditioned for the parts. The Austin High School Orchestra, directed by Carolyn Vandiver, will accompany the choral group. Members of the Kempner High School Handbell Choir, under the direction of Pam T. Hall, will perform prior to the concert.
Eddie Quaid will serve as Guest Conductor for the event. Quaid worked as a high school choral director for 35 years in Oklahoma and Texas, and has been involved in church music in the Houston area for the past 30 years.
He currently serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of the American Festival for the Arts and is educational consultant to the Houston Chamber Choir. Quaid is in his sixth year as director of the Choral Scholars, an advanced and salaried professional choir of high school age singers at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s in Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma.
Admission to the concert is free and all patrons interested in hearing Fort Bend ISD’s excellent student musicians are invited to attend.