The Southern Gospel Choir performs a set of songs for the welcoming dinner of the Universities Australia / University Chancellors' Council Joint Meeting.
Date: 01 May 2013
The Southern Gospel Choir was delighted and honoured to perform a small set of songs for the welcoming dinner of the Universities Australia / University Chancellors' Council Joint Meeting held in Hobart this year.
The Choir was well received by these leading acedemics, with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, Peter Rathjen, providing us with this feedback:
I write because I am aware that there is a rehearsal of the Southern Gospel Choir tonight and I wanted to comment ahead of that time on your performance last night at the Universities Australia dinner.
As you are aware, the annual Plenary is made up of the Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors of Australia's 39 universities. Many of the country's most important decision makers were in the room. The commentary this morning has been overwhelmingly positive, awed even.
It is hard to summarise a response to your performance succinctly.
It was, as ever, truly professional, reflecting the high standards of the organisation that you represent.
It was emotional and beautiful, as befits the context of your music.
It was inspirational. The obvious enjoyment of your singers, their energy and engagement were not lost on the audience.
It showed deep commitment - singers prepared to give freely of their time at short notice.
It was seated in a compelling intellectual, historical and cultural context. You made it clear why this activity is rightly seated in a university environment.
It spoke to the value of diversity. Singers from diverse backgrounds, with diverse aspirations, united in a common mission.
It spoke volumes of the power that accompanies meaningful interaction between university and community.
It was, above all, an allegory for what we endeavour to do at UTAS - identify, empower and develop talent wherever it can be found. My profound thanks to you, Maria, Matt and the Southern Gospel Choir for what you did.
With kindest regards,
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania
Many thanks to Peter and the delegates for these kind words.
We wish the Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors a successful meeting and an enjoyable visit to Hobart.