Celebrated Singing Hoosiers Return to FCHS for Concert

From current pop songs to classics and from toe-tapping routines to sparkling choreography, Indiana University’s famed Singing Hoosiers will return to Southern Indiana for a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, at Floyd Central High School, 6575 Old Vincennes Road in Floyds Knobs.

Known as IU’s Ambassadors of Song, the Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers will present “Coming of Age,” a 90-minute celebration of popular song and dance spanning multiple decades, including music of Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, “La La Land,” and “Newsies.”

Tickets to the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They are available by phoning the box office at (812) 542-2284 and leaving a number for a call-back, going to the website (floydcentral.booktix.net), or purchasing them at the door that night.

With roots in the music of The Great American Songbook, the 100 singers and instrumentalists this year represent 25 majors and include three area students: Floyd Central alumni/IU seniors Molly Cavan and Connor Bickel and North Harrison alumna/IU sophomore Emma Griffiths. Notable alumni of the Singing Hoosiers are New Albany residents Kent McCaffrey and Bill Lohmeyer, who were among founding members of the group in 1950 when they were students in Bloomington.

Under the direction of Dr. Chris Albanese, the group has entertained audiences across the United States and in more than 25 countries spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Caribbean. In addition, they have enjoyed collaborations with Duke Ellington, Mel Torme, Sandi Patty, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Cincinnati Pops. The ensemble also has frequently appeared at regional and national conferences of the American Choral Director Association, most recently in 2021.

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