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Posted: March 1, 2017 1:10 p.m.

NCSS students to participate in Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus

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Newton County School System will be well represented in the Georgia Music Educators Association’s 2017 Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus as fifth-grade students from East Newton, Fairview, Heard-Mixon, Mansfield, Newton County Theme School, and South Salem have been selected to participate in the prestigious event at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.  Music specialists, Mary Katherine Skidmore, East Newton; Will Schmidt, Fairview; Amy S. Rains, Heard-Mixon; Sarah Latimer, Mansfield; Ciara Edge, Newton County Theme School; and Marie Webb, South Salem, will also represent Newton County School System at the event.  

According to Rains, students selected to participate in the Elementary Honor Chorus must rehearse and learn the music prior to the event.  Then they gather with all 500 students from across the state for the group performance.  Students are divided equally amongst two choirs, the Vivace Choir and the Allegro Choir, and this year, all Newton County students will perform the following songs with the Allegro Choir: Dancing and Singing arranged by Patrick M. Liebergen, Little Fox arranged by Shirley W. McRae, Non Nobis, Domine arranged by Douglas E. Wagner, Winds by Larysa Kuzmenko, and Zions Walls from Old American Songs Set II by Aaron Copland

“The Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus affords students the unique opportunity to perform with talented students from all over the state of Georgia in a very large choir,” said Rains. “They will be directed by Emily Ellsworth and Jeff Kriske, who are both very accomplished conductors and educators of choral music, so this will definitely be a wonderful learning experience for our students.”   

The following students will represent Newton County School System at the 2017 Georgia Music Educators Association’s Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus:

STUDENT

SCHOOL

Chloe Wolfe

East Newton Elementary

Alana Barnett

Fairview Elementary

Sarah Bishop

Fairview Elementary

Nyah Delisser-McPherson

Fairview Elementary

Naya Viel

Fairview Elementary

Haru Wilkins

Fairview Elementary

Kushal Dwaram

Heard-Mixon Elementary

Alainah Jackson

Heard-Mixon Elementary

Aeriyana Johnson

Heard-Mixon Elementary

Graham Rains

Heard-Mixon Elementary

Cameron Brown

Mansfield Elementary

Mack Cannon

Mansfield Elementary

Madison Cummings

Mansfield Elementary

Eathen Kolar

Mansfield Elementary

Aiden Mayhue

Mansfield Elementary

Hannah Douglas

Newton County Theme School

Lily Frix

Newton County Theme School

Ryan Henderson

Newton County Theme School

Delaney Holcombe

Newton County Theme School

Caroline Huf

Newton County Theme School

Jala Critton-Lott

South Salem Elementary

Ava Lucas

South Salem Elementary

Keely Pontiff

South Salem Elementary

Ta’Riyah Williams

South Salem Elementary


“For our students to have the opportunity to participate in such a dynamic and versatile musical event underscores our belief that the arts make a substantive and positive impact on our students,” said Benjamin Roundtree, NCSS Director of Elementary Education.  “These young people represent the very best that our district’s music program has, and I am proud they were able to showcase their talents and their teachers’ hard work as members of the Georgia Music Educators Association’s Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus.

 

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