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Three Parkway students chosen for N.C. Honors Chorus

Article Published: Oct. 22, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Three Parkway students chosen for N.C. Honors Chorus

Three students from Parkway School have been selected for participation in a 2009 North Carolina Honors Chorus.

Sixth-graders Callie Idol and Tristin Derrick were chosen for the 2009 North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus, and eighth-grader Megan Jackson was selected for the 2009 North Carolina Middle School Honors Chorus.

Sixth-graders Idol and Derrick will join 150 other students chosen from across North Carolina to perform as part of the N.C. Elementary Honors Chorus at the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) Conference in Winston-Salem in November.

The purpose of this Honors Chorus is to provide students with the opportunity to develop their abilities to the greatest possible extent.

The selection process for the Elementary Honors Chorus begins when student auditions are submitted by teachers who are members of NCMEA.

Music teacher and NCMEA member Sondra Edwards sent the auditions for the three students selected from Parkway.

Independent judges are hired to select the members of the Honors Chorus based on the auditions.

Once the selections have been made, music teachers work with their students in preparation for the concert, and students spend the day before the concert working with a musical clinician selected just for this event.

This year the director for the Elementary Honors Chorus is Cheryl Dupont, the artistic director of the New Orleans Children's Chorus and Youth Chorale.

Eighth-grader Megan Jackson auditioned for the N.C. Middle School Honors Chorus in Hickory and was selected from among 1,000 students who auditioned across the state.

"This Honors Chorus provides an opportunity for the state's very best singers in grades 7-9 to come together to work with a nationally acclaimed choral conductor and then to perform as a group," a spokesperson for the chorus said.

This year the Middle School Honors Chorus will be conducted by Jonathan Willcocks from London, England.

Honors Chorus students will travel to Winston-Salem on Nov. 7 and rehearse all day with the clinicians. They will perform on Nov. 8 in the Stevens Center.

Parkway School is one of eight schools for prekindergarten through eighth-grade students in the Watauga County Schools. Parkway has a current enrollment of 535 students.

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