COLUMBUS, Ohio — In partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus has awarded the 2018 Choral Composition Fellowship to Zebulon Highben for the composition “Vide Cantas Credas” for tenor-bass chorus and keyboard, which translates as “See, Sing, Believe.” Highben, a Columbus resident and Director of Choral Activities at Muskingum College, wrote the composition as a musical meditation on the relationship between singing and believing. His piece will be performed by the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus at their holiday concert Joy! presented Dec. 7-9, 2018.
The 2018 Choral Composition Fellowship is a joint venture between the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus to spotlight composers from Franklin County. Compositions submitted for the fellowship were judged by a panel, led by Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus Artistic Director Dr. Timothy Sarsany, and included Cincinnati Men’s Chorus Artistic Director Steve Milloy and Ball State University Director of Choral Activities Dr. Andrew Crow.
About the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus: The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) was formed in 1990 and maintains the vision of its founding members to foster increased recognition, understanding and acceptance of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons. The CGMC is a non-auditioned chorus open to all people regardless of vocal talent, musical abilities, race, gender, religion, physical abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic means. As a performing arts group, the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus strives to enrich and entertain its diverse audience through varied concerts and other performances comprising a range of vocal, musical, theatrical and dance presentations. www.cgmc.com
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council is supported by the city of Columbus, the Ohio Arts Council, and individuals and businesses throughout the community. www.gcac.org
CONTACT: Jami Goldstein