WINFIELD — The Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU) began rehearsals on Nov. 7. Rehearsals will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Darbeth Rehearsal Hall in Winfield.

Southwestern College logoSCCU is a community and college ensemble that offers choral and vocal education, plus performance opportunities, to a broad range of ages (16 and older) and experience levels, according to Brandi Young, executive director for the Community Music School (CMS). SCCU will perform at the Winterfest Concert on Dec. 3.

The project price for becoming a member of SCCU is $40 for adults, but it is free for Southwestern College students. The group still is accepting students.

“SCCU is taking a new direction this year with being a project-based ensemble that will combine with the SC A Capella Choir for special projects and concerts,” said Brian Winnie, SCCU director.

“Rehearsals nurture the growth of all individuals through one-on-one instruction within the group setting, student internship collaboration, emphasis on vocal technique and growth of musicianship skills. Performances maintain innovative programing, helping to stretch the choral art, community and members. SCCU believes in strengthening both Southwestern’s and Winfield’s commitment to the fine arts, and enhancing our historical choral legacy by bringing music back to the community.”

CMS will be host to a winter recital on Dec. 13. A celebratory reception will follow the recital in the Darbeth lobby.

“CMS recitals are an opportunity for each of our students to perform pieces for their parents and families,” Young said. “This is a chance for the students to show their progress and celebrate all of their growth throughout the semester.”

For more information, contact CMS at

About Southwestern College

Southwestern College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south-central Kansas.

Today, its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world.

Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for people serving in the military.

The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

This information was provided by Southwestern College News Bureau Coordinator Charles Osen.