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NMSU Choirs to sing in Washington, D.C.

Students from New Mexico State University choirs will be singing as part of "New Mexico Day," June 11, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

NMSU Choirs will sing at the Nation Cathedral in Washington, D.C. (NMSU photo courtesy of the NMSU music department)

The choir also will sing at the 5:15 p.m. Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, June 10.

Last summer NMSU Choirs auditioned with tapes and videos for the honor of singing at the cathedral, which considers itself the nation's cathedral. Each state is periodically recognized by an invitation to participate in a Sunday service. NMSU Choirs was chosen to represent New Mexico and will perform a 25-minute a cappella prelude of sacred music before the 11 a.m. service.

"The acoustics (in the cathedral) will be incredible. Most of my singers will cry when they hear the reverb and realize that the sound is coming from them. It's an overwhelming experience," said Jerry Alt, director of choral activities at NMSU. "Add to that the beauty of the building and you get the total heavenly effect."

The group will consist mostly of University Singers augmented by members of Masterworks Choir, a group of students and community members.

Members of the New Mexico state government, religious leaders and individuals throughout New Mexico will participate in the service. NMSU alumni in the Washington, D.C. area are encouraged to attend. Sen. Mary Kay Papen is serving as the Washington D.C. coordinator for the trip.

Funding for the trip has been provided by NMSU and its music department, St. Andrews Church and the Choral Association of Southern New Mexico (CASNM).

For more information contact the NMSU choral office at (505) 646-2067 or visit