SBU, Bolivar choirs, Ozark High singers join forces Nov. 13

BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Southwest Baptist University Concert Choir and the Bolivar Community Choir will be joined by the Ozark High School Varsity Singers as they present “For a Breath of Ecstasy” by Michael John Trotta at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus.

“For a Breath of Ecstasy” is a collection of poems by Sara Teasdale and is scored for SATB Chorus, oboe and string quartet. However, a small orchestra of string players will perform, instead of the originally scored string quartet, due to the large number of singers in the combined choirs.

The Bolivar and SBU choirs will then perform “Gospel Mass” by Robert Ray. “Gospel Mass” is an English setting of the traditional Latin Mass including all six traditional movements including: “Kyrie,” “Gloria,” “Credo,” “Acclamation,” “Sanctus” and “Agnus Dei.”

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to provide an audience with two very different works and subject matters,” said Dr. Andrew Campbell, associate professor of music. “‘For a Breath of Ecstasy’ draws from texts that speak heavily of love. Sara Teasdale’s texts are quite moving and the musical setting of Trotta compliments her beautiful work. The energy and excitement of the ‘Gospel Mass’ will move you to want to stand up and make a joyful noise.”

The concert is free and open to the public. 

For more information about the concert, contact Campbell at 417-328-1639 or

*Posted: 11-5-18