Hazard native featured on nationally televised concert

NASHVILLE, December 12, 2011 – Hazard, Ky. native and senior vocalist Amanda Combs will join more than 600 of her fellow Belmont University (Nashville, TN) students to perform in the annual “Christmas at Belmont,” a taped concert which will be broadcast by PBS stations across the country. Participating in Belmont’s Mass Choir and Bluegrass Ensemble, Combs is the lead vocalist for the ensemble’s performance of “It’s Christmas Time Again.”

Combs said her favorite part of the experience is getting to perform with the people around her. “I am excited about being able to perform with the ensemble again, and this time it’s even more exciting considering it will be on the stage of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center,” Combs said.

The rehearsal process has been long but Combs said she has learned much from the experience. “The rehearsal at the SSC have been long but well worth it, and if anything they have allowed us in the ensemble to become closer friends.”

Hosted by country artist and Tony-nominated Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy, Belmont’s “Christmas at Belmont” joins together the Belmont School of Music faculty, students and the Nashville Children’s Choir. The annual production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites will air on PBS station nationwide beginning Thursday, December 22. Please check local listings to confirm air dates and times.

Ranked No. 7 in the Regional Universities South category and named for the fourth consecutive year as one of the top “Up-and-Comer” universities by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of approximately 6,400 students who come from every state and 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The university’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 75 areas of study, 20 master’s programs and four doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon. For more information, visit www.belmont.edu.

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