Acclaimed composer and arranger Stacey V. Gibbs has created a new work for Missouri Southern that will be debuted during the Spring Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 3035 S. Central City Road.

The concert will feature performances by the Missouri Southern Chamber Singers, the Madrigal Singers, and the Missouri Southern Concert Chorale.

The performance will include the debut of Gibbs’ “Love is the Key.” Best known for his arrangements of spirituals, his works have been performed by ensembles around the country and internationally.

“He reached out to me once when he was close and we talked about having him stop by campus, but it didn’t work out,” said Dr. David Sharlow, conductor. “Later, I talked to him about the possibility of him writing a piece for us.”

“He’ll be here to work with our choir students on Tuesday, and we’ve invited local music educators to attend an open rehearsal on Wednesday. He’ll also be here with us for the performance on Thursday evening.”

Also conducting during the performance will be Courtney Wright, with Glenda Austin accompanying on piano.

Admission is free and open to the public.