Fresh from their triumphant performance at Carnegie Hall last month, Cowley College alumna, Jessica Coldwell and her choirs at Wellington High School  joined the Cowley College Singers and Cowley Concert Choir for a vocal concert Thursday evening in the Robert Brown Theatre.
“Jessica is a phenomenal musician and educator and I am so impressed by her groups and their love of singing,” Cowley College director of vocal music Lindsay Allen said. “This concert is dedicated to everyone who has helped me along the way to becoming a choral conductor. I never thought I could love what I do as much as I do right now but working with these students has been such an amazing experience. Singing is something everyone can do for a lifetime, no matter their age. I hope this concert inspires others to keep singing.”
The Cowley College Singers took to the stage first, singing God Bless the Child, by Arthur Herzog Jr. and Billie Holiday before concluding with John Mayer’s Waiting on the World to Change.  
Next to perform were the Wellington Crusader Singers, directed by Jessica Coldwell.  They sang a very stirring rendition of O Belia Fusa, by Orlando Di Lasso.  The Singers concluded with The Lass from the Low Countree, arranged by John Purifoy.  
The stage got quite a bit more crowded when the Wellington Crusader Choir made their entrance.  Coldwell pointed out all 66 members of the Crusader Choir before they performed Ava Maria.  The Crusader Choir went on to sing Sure on this Shining Night.  Before their final song, Coldwell mentioned the song was similar to The Battle of Jericho that they performed the previous year.  She talked of how the choir was pumped to sing this song and said if the audience wanted to get up and dance, they could do so.  Rockin’ Jerusalem was the Crusader Choir’s final song, and it was a show-stopper.  
The Cowley Concert Choir concluded the evening with A Jubilant Song, I’m Gonna Sing ’til the Spirit Moves in my Heart, and Viva La Musica.  
It was a terrific year for the very talented and spirited choirs at Wellington High School and Cowley College.  The audience came away very impressed with a long ovation at the end.