6/16/2017 8:25:00 PM Hometown music featured at Markay
The D.M. Davis Male Voice Choir recently received a prestigious musical honor when the local choir and its auxiliaries were recognized as the official choir in the United States of Scottish Clan Chief, Lorne Maclaine of Lochbuie, 26th Chief of Clan Gillean of Lochbuie. During the D.M. Davis Combined Choirs Concert held Sunday, June 11, Senior D.M. Davis Male Choir Director Wilbur McCormick (left) announced this special honor and presented the notification letter to Jackson Historical Society President Matt Garvey (right) and a confirmation certificate to Josh Willett (center), a member of the Southern Hills Arts Council (SHAC) Board of Directors. SHAC operates the Markay Cultural Arts Center, which the D.M. Davis Choirs use as their home base. (Telegram Photo By Pete Wilson)
Hometown choral music was the big attraction as the D.M. Davis Combined Male and Ladies Choir conducted a concert Sunday afternoon, June 11, before a large and appreciative audience at the Markay Cultural Arts Center in downtown Jackson.
The concert was entitled "By Request" and featured chorus favorites from the past that had been requested by members. In addition to the men's and women's choirs, the concert also marked the debut of the New Davis Singers, which is a smaller group composed of members from both the men's and women's choirs. Also making a guest appearance was a women's barbershop harmony quartet, Heartfelt, which performs out of Huntington, West Virginia.
Individual or small-group solos were blended into the choral numbers. These performers included 7-year-old Maya Adams, the trio of Deanna Stroth, Sandra Pollard and Laura Thorne, Paul Berridge, Deanna Bragg Boggs, and Coryn Lord. Coryn Lord also provided signing for one of the numbers and Bruce Ergood accompanied one number on the clarinet.
During a break in the singing, D.M. Davis Male Voice Choir Senior Director Wilbur McCormick shared with the audience a special honor the choir had recently received. McCormick announced the local choir and its auxiliaries had been designated as the official choir in the United States of Scottish Clan Chief, Lorne Maclaine of Lochbuie, 26th Chief of Clan Gillean of Lochbuie.
As part of the announcement, McCormick presented the notification letter to Jackson Historical Society President Matt Garvey as it is a significant local historical document worth preserving for posterity. At the same time, he presented a confirmation certificate to Markay representative and Southern Hills Arts Council Board member Josh Willett as the Markay is the home base for the choir.
In addition to McCormick, other directors playing a part in the concert were: Rick Noel, who directs the Ladies Choir; Colin Russell, who is a student director; and Ralph Brown, who is the Barbershop Harmony Society director. Stevie Jarvis is the piano accompanist for all the local choirs.