Mercer University Flute Choir Invited to Play at National, Regional Events


MACON – The Mercer University Flute Choir, directed by Kelly Via, has been invited to perform at the 2015 National Flute Association (NFA) Convention in Washington D.C. The choir is one of 22 flute choirs from across the U.S. and abroad selected by a blind audition for this honor.

The flute choir will perform a showcase on Aug. 13 alongside choirs from Ohio State, Penn State, the University of Texas at Austin and Southern Indiana University. This performance represents Mercer's third invitation to perform at the NFA Convention. For more information about the convention, visit

“I am extremely proud of the recognition that has been received by the Mercer Flute Choir. The choir is one of the premier performing groups from the Townsend School of Music, and we are honored that its members will represent Mercer at the National Flute Association Convention,” said Dr. David Keith, dean of the Townsend School of Music.

Mercer's flute choir has also been invited to perform at the 2015 Mid-South Flute Festival to be held at the University of Alabama, March 27-28, in Tuscaloosa. This performance will mark the choir's first appearance at this regional conference.

“The invitations to perform at national and regional conferences generate motivation and excitement for the students as well as national and international recognition for our ensemble, the Townsend School of Music and Mercer University,” said Via.

Membership in the Mercer University Flute Choir is open to all students (music majors and non-majors) as well as members of the community by audition. The choir occasionally performs on tour and presents a formal concert in Neva Langley Fickling Hall each semester. The flute choir's next concert in Fickling Hall is Thursday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

About Townsend School of Music

Mercer University's Townsend School of Music, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, the Joan Stockstill Godsey Center for Keyboard Studies and the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Studies offer undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. Townsend is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities. The McDuffie Center, a special institute within Townsend School of Music, is a highly selective program that prepares string students for success in the real world. Students study with some of America's most renowned string musicians, receiving music instruction of conservatory quality, while earning an academically well-rounded education from a comprehensive, nationally recognized university. For more information and a complete listing of this season's concerts please visit, or call (478) 301-2748.