Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Choral director performs as featured soprano at Texas Tech

KINGSVILLE - October 17, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Dr. Noël Archambeault
Dr. Noël Archambeault

Dr. Noël Archambeault, director of choral activities and assistant professor of voice at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, took the stage of Hemmle Recital Hall at Texas Tech University (TTU) Sunday, Oct. 8, as featured soprano with the university’s symphony orchestra.

Conducted by Gary Lewis, director of orchestral activities at Texas Tech University, Archambeault performed “Chants d’Auvergne” by Joseph Canteloube.

The performance came as part of Archambeault being named one of two winners at last year’s Texas Tech University School of Music Student Concerto Competition. From 2004-2006, Archambeault had taken faculty leave from A&M-Kingsville to earn her doctorate in music from Texas Tech.

“I was quite surprised and, of course, thrilled to have been selected as one of the winners of the Concerto Competition,” said Archambeault. “I say surprised because Texas Tech University is full of really wonderful instrumentalists and singers.

“Because the concerto is primarily an instrumental form, singers often have fewer opportunities to be featured with orchestral accompaniment. These opportunities usually come in the form of choral works (oratorio, masses, etc.), operas or songs that were written for voice and orchestra. I was fortunate to come across an example of the last medium in some lesser-known folk songs from the Auvergne region of France that were orchestrated by Joseph Canteloube. These songs are rarely performed, so I was elated knowing that they would be featured on the TTU Symphony concert.”

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