Purdy grad to sing at inauguration

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Katherine Wise, a Missouri State chorale student from Purdy, will travel to Washington, D.C. to sing with the Missouri State University Chorale at the 58th presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.


The chorale, directed by Dr. Cameron LaBarr, will perform during the nationally televised inaugural ceremony, when the 45th president of the United States will be sworn in.

Wise, a Purdy High School graduate, is an alto in the chorale and sophomore vocal performance major at MSU.

The chorale will perform for millions of viewers.

Sen. Roy Blunt, chairman of the 58th Presidential Inauguration Committee, made the announcement Oct. 7 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

"I'm very proud to announce that MSU's Chorale will represent the university and the state of Missouri on the national stage at the 58th Presidential Inauguration," said Blunt. "I have no doubt that the millions of Americans watching the ceremony will be as impressed with these incredibly talented students as all of us who have had the opportunity to hear them perform."

The chorale is MSU's flagship touring choir, which is made up of 50 members and has toured throughout the United States, Europe and South Africa and performs regularly at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Missouri Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education.

"We are honored that the Missouri State University Chorale has been selected to perform at the inauguration," said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart, III. "This is an extraordinary opportunity for chorale students to take part in an important and historic event."

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) has been responsible for the planning and execution of the swearing-in ceremonies and the luncheon for the inauguration of the president at the U.S. Capitol since 1901.