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Armstrong Campus Chorale and Vocal Chamber Ensemble perform at 28th annual Memorial Concert

J. Harry Persse Memorial Concert

The Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus Chorale and Vocal Chamber Ensemble will perform at the J. Harry Persse Memorial Concert on Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The concert is held annually to celebrate the legacy of former Armstrong Campus faculty member J. Harry Persse, Ph.D., who was a Savannah musician, composer and educator. Tickets for the performance are free, and donations to the J. Harry Persse Music Scholarship Fund will be accepted.

Robert Harris, D.M.A., director of the Armstrong Campus Chorale and Vocal Chamber Ensemble, said this year’s performance will be memorable.

“A special feature of this year’s Persse Memorial concert will be the inclusion of Persse’s ‘Three Madrigals,’ said Harris. “These pieces were first presented in 1965 and have not been heard since. They were first performed in a program of music composed to fulfill part of the requirements for his Ph.D.”

Persse joined the Armstrong State College faculty after completing his doctorate in 1965. He taught and served as the Department Head of Fine Arts until his passing in 1988. He was also an active composer for most of his life and choir director for both Armstrong and Sacred Heart Church. 

The winner of the J. Harry Persse Music Scholarship, which is given to the student with the highest GPA in the first three semesters of music theory, will be announced at the concert.

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