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Four Students Selected For State Honors Chorus


November 9, 2017

Transylvania County Schools has announced that four fifth-graders have been selected for the 2017 North Carolina State Elementary Honors Chorus this weekend in Winston-Salem.

Hannah LaFever from Pisgah Forest Elementary and Brooke LaRowe, Ellery Zink and Kelsey Gillespie from Brevard Elementary School will travel with music teachers Carolyn Smith (PFE) and Sarah Moser (BES) to the annual convention of the N.C. Music Educators Association.

These fifth-graders will join 194 other musicians in fourth, fifth and sixth grades for an all-day rehearsal on Saturday, Nov. 11, and a performance at noon on Nov. 12 in the beautiful Stevens Center in Winston-Salem.

Elizabeth Hogan McFarland is this year's guest clinician. McFarland has more than 10 years of teaching experience in public schools and higher education, and recently took a new role as assistant professor of music education at Southeast Missouri State University.

These young singers have already been working hard to learn six pieces for the concert, including "Alleluia" by Mozart, "Pick Yourself Up" by Fields and Kern (arranged by Steve Zegree), "Will There Really Be a Morning?" by Craig Hella Johnson, "Al Shlosha D'Varim" by Allan Naplan, "Gems from J.M. Barrie" by Andrea Ramsey (in four movements: "One Girl," "A Mother's Love," "The Cleverness of Me," and "Teach Me"), and "Non Nobis, Domine" by William Byrd.

It is an honor to be selected and to perform for this gathering of music teachers during their convention devoted to professional development and sharing best practices.


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