The Mansfield Symphony Chorus will once again partner with several area high school choruses to present the sixth annual “Sing Out! A Choral Celebration” concert on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre, as a part of the OhioHealth Symphony Series. The concert will take place on Sunday, October 8 at 6 PM.

Choirs from Mansfield Senior High, Hillsdale, Crestview, and Shelby will participate in the concert, alongside the Mansfield Symphony Chorus. The concert will highlight the works of composer and arranger Stacey V. Gibbs who will conduct three of his arrangements: “Scandalized My Name,” “Wade in the Water,” and “So Glad.”

The Mansfield Symphony Chorus will open the concert with pieces by Haydn, Joseph Martin, Ben Allaway, and more under the direction of Mansfield Symphony Choral Director Larry Griffin.

This event is not ticketed, instead a $5 suggested donation will be taken at the door to support the Mansfield Symphony Chorus.

About Larry Griffin:

In addition to directing the Mansfield Symphony Chorus, Larry Griffin is the founder and artistic director of Capriccio Columbus, an 80-voice community choir celebrating its 11th anniversary this year.  Capriccio Columbus performs throughout the Central Ohio area alone and with regional orchestras, including the Mansfield Symphony, the Central Ohio Symphony, and the Westerville Symphony.

Larry holds a Master of Music degree from The Ohio State University where he studied conducting with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt.  He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University, and has done graduate work at Ohio State and Wright State Universities.

Griffin recently retired from Worthington Schools in Columbus, Ohio, where he had served as Director of Choral Music at Worthington Kilbourne High School since its opening in 1991.  He has also been director of Vaud-Villities (2001-2003).  In the fall of 2016, he will begin his tenure as the director of the men’s chorus at St. Charles Preparatory School in Bexley, Ohio. He is active in the Ohio Music Educators Association, having served as president of District 16, and annually participates in OMEA events as an adjudicator, director of honors choir festivals, and clinician.  The Columbus Symphony Orchestra recognized Larry for his skills in choral conducting and teaching by presenting him with the 2005 Secondary School Music Educator Award.

Larry Griffin has two children with his late wife, Jane: Calvin, 27, a professional opera singer with the Florida Grand Opera and Glimmerglass Festival, and Emma, 21, a college sophomore, studying psychology at Wright State University.  Larry was recently married to Ellen Moore, the director of a non-profit crime prevention agency in Columbus, Ohio.  They live in northwest Columbus, Ohio.

Source, Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association/Jeff Spreng

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