NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University Singin’ Axes and Kantorei choirs will present their final concert of the spring semester titled “The Storm is Passing Over” in a livestreamed event performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, and accessible at

“This theme was chosen due to the difficulties choirs all over the world have faced during the pandemic,” said Dr. Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities in the SFA School of Music and the choirs’ director. “I am hopeful that brighter days are ahead and a return to normalcy is on the horizon.

“This concert has a wide variety of styles and time periods,” he added, “and the choirs will sing as a combined mixed choir and their individual treble and tenor-bass choirs.”

As a mixed choir, they will sing the double-chorus “Haec est dies” by Jacobus Gallus; “Bogoroditse devo” from “All Night Vigil,” by Sergei Rachmaninoff;  and Barbara W. Baker’s arrangement of Charles Albert Tindley’s “The Storm is Passing Over.”

The Kantorei will sing “Ave Maria” by Ellen Keating; “Laudate pueri” by Felix Mendelssohn; and Tawn B. Thomas’ arrangement of the spiritual “Rockin’ Jerusalem.”

The Singin’ Axes will perform Edvard Grieg’s “Ave Maris Stella,” arranged by Mark LaBelle; “Cantate Domino” by Alec Schumacker; and Elaine Hagenberg’s “O Love.”

“We will be joined by undergraduate cello major Ella Gaertner on Hagenberg’s beautiful setting of ‘O Love,’” Fish said. Gaertner is from Mount Pleasant.

To access the livestreamed concert free of charge, visit the night of the performance. For additional information, contact the School of Music at (936) 468-4602.