Gillette College hires new show choir director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2014

Contact: Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith @ sheridan.edu

Gillette College hires new show choir director

Gillette College has hired a new show choir director who will bring two decades of experience to bolster the college’s performing arts.

Gillette College show choirDennis Gilbar, of Amherst, Virginia, will take over the Energy City Voices, as well as Gillette College’s collegiate chorale classes.

Gilbar, born in Massachusetts and raised in Kentucky, earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He served as the Director of Choral Activity at Amherst County High School — a 1,500-student high school known for its dynamic show choir — for 18 years.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to build Gillette College’s show choir and to enhance choral activities,” said Gilbar. “We’ve got great people and I’m looking forward to taking the college’s performing arts to the next level by further engaging the community and region.”

Gilbar will guide the Energy City Voices, Gillette College’s student show choir. Auditions will be held later this fall and are open to all Gillette College students.

Gilbar has already started his work in adding to the evolving foundation of the Energy City Voices.

“My goal, first and foremost, is to get an entertaining group on stage,” Gilbar said. “That is an important part of getting more students involved in the program and enrolled at Gillette College.”

Dr. Mark Englert, Gillette College Vice President and CEO, said he is thrilled with the addition of Gilbar.

“Dennis brings a show choir directing skill set that is essential to the development and sustainability of an exceptional chorale program,” Dr. Englert said.

New to Gillette College this fall is the introduction of a Collegiate Chorale, which Gilbar will also teach. This is a Tuesday evening course from 7-8:40 p.m. open to community members and Gillette College students.

The goal of the course is to develop a larger choir designed to provide a musical experience for students and community members who simply have a desire to perform with a larger group, according to Gillette College officials.

For more information, call Gillette College at 686-0254, or Gilbar at (434) 473-1172. Gilbar can also be reached at dgilbar@sheridan.edu.

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