The Mount's CincySings Choir won "Best Cincinnati Spirit" in the 2019 CincySings competition. CincySings is an annual fundraiser for ArtsWave, the nation's oldest and largest public arts fund. The CincySings Finals took place at Music Hall on April 9.
All groups that participated in CincySings were judged on talent, cohesiveness, showmanship, and creativity by a panel of local celebrities, including former Cincinnati Reds pitcher and musician Bronson Arroyo, Emmy-Award nominee and jazz entertainer Kathy Wade, Artistic Director of Cincinnati Ballet Victoria Morgan, and Tyshawn Colquitt of NBC's "The Voice".
Faculty and staff who were members of the MSJ delegation included Elizabeth Barkley, Bridget DuMont, Mark Fischer, Kathy Grant, Warren Grove, Katrina Kenton, Colleen McSwiggin, Colleen Pfeiffenberger, Joe Rivers, Pete Robinson, Cathy Steinriede, and Linda Wheeler.
“When I joined the Mount’s Cincy Sings choir, I had no illusions about making it to the finals at Music Hall,” says Dr. Barkley, Chair of the Department of Liberal Arts. “But to my surprise, we did! We knew we were not the most polished among the groups, but we aimed to be the most enthusiastic. We hit the stage running, literally, and just had a ball performing to a lively crowd and enthusiastic panel of judges. And as Joe Rivers, our director, predicted, we brought home the award for "Cincinnati Spirit.”
ArtsWave has a mission to keep the arts alive and thriving in Cincinnati communities. Mount St. Joseph University is proud to be a member organization of ArtsWave and to continue to support the organization through events, fundraisers and community involvement.