When he heard the news, TTU director of choral activities Craig Zamer was putting together the Concert Choir’s spring show. Scrolling through Facebook, Zamer saw lyrics posted from a piece his friend Jeffery Ames, choir director at Belmont University, wrote several years ago called “For the Sake of Our Children.”
Zamer knew he wanted to dedicate the spring concert to those children and the six educators who were killed, and sing that piece.
“This is more than your typical spring concert,” Zamer said. “I’m a father of small children and I just had no words that day. I wanted to express my feelings about everything through the songs.”
The concert is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium. Though it is in memory of those lives lost, it includes messages of hope and optimism. The concert ends with an arrangement of “What a Wonderful World,” and “Bridge over Troubled Water.”
In the middle of the concert, each of 26 TTU students will say the name of one of the victims of the shooting.
“Dr. Zamer was giving us a pep talk to get us thinking of the songs a different way during rehearsal the other day,” said junior communications major Sarah Dingwall, a concert soloist. “He said, ‘It just occurred to me that as college students, you will all get to hear your names read at graduation. These kids will never get that.’”
This is the second memorial performance for the TTU Concert Choir. The first was five years ago, after the shootings at Virginia Tech.
TTU percussion, horn and viola students will join the all-student choir. TTU piano instructor Yoomi Paick will accompany the singers.
The concert is free and open to the public. Wattenbarger Auditorium is in the Bryan Fine Arts building at 1150 N. Dixie Ave. on the TTU campus.