By Jessica Mullins/What’s on Tap Editor

The EKU Clarinet Choir was selected to perform at both national and international clarinet conferences this summer. To demonstrate their talent and what they will be performing at the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and the International Clarinet Associations ClarinetFest, the Clarinet Choir will perform a concert for the Eastern community at 8 p.m. tonight in the Brock Auditorium.

The clarinet choir consists of 10 members, nine of whom are music majors and the other a criminal justice major.

Last semester choir Director Connie Rhoades decided to submit recordings from the choir’s spring 2003 concert to the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest in hopes of being one of the few chosen to perform at this year’s events.

Rhoades’ and the choir’s hopes soon turned into reality when they were notified by both organizations they were invited to play at the events this summer.

The University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium is an annual event internationally known for its distinguished performances. The Clarinet Choir will travel to Norman, Okla., for the symposium held June 3-8. The choir will be one of two ensembles, including the Tulsa Clarinet Quartet, chosen to perform at this year’s event.

Not long after traveling to Oklahoma, the Clarinet Choir will travel to Washington, D.C., to perform at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest July 21-25.

During ClarinetFest, the EKU Clarinet Choir will perform at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 23, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

The Clarinet Choir will be one of four university ensembles chosen from around the world to perform. The other universities chosen include the University of Florida and universities from Japan and England.

To be chosen to perform at both events is definitely a “great honor,” according to Rhoades. She said to be chosen choirs must face a “very selective process.”

Not only does Rhoades express excitement about the upcoming summer, five-year choir member Tara Mann also looks forward to performing at both events.

“We’re all really excited and honored to perform,” said Mann, a music performance graduate student from Louisville. “All of our hard work was worth it.”

The EKU Clarinet Choir performs fall and spring concerts each year, and most recently they performed at the 2004 Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference in Louisville.

The other Clarinet Choir members are Heather Coombs, Jeffrey Klein, Kristal Merz, Kristen Bailey, Diana Wroble, Ryan Bertke, Sarah Kurk, Brittany Stewart and Lisa Dahlhauser.