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Owen and Roberson Singers in National Honors Choir
Owen and Roberson Singers in National Honors Choir
Posted on 03/15/2019
Seven BCS singers were chosen to perform for the American Choral Directors Association choirs.By: Benjamin Rickert, Communications Dept.

Only eleven students from North Carolina were chosen to sing in this year’s American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) national honors choirs; seven of them represented Buncombe County Schools. The students performed as part of the 60th annual ACDA conference in Kansas City, Missouri's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

“ACDA was a life-changing experience,” said eleventh grade Owen High student Bethany Lanning. “Singing in a choir that big, that talented, and that devoted made me feel like what I'm doing is still worth it — that there are others out there just like me!”

Only 320 singers were invited out of the 1,300 talented students who auditioned for the SSAA (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, Alto 2) all-female national honors choir. On stage were students Kelsey Beck, Hailey Guthrie, Bethany Lanning, and Hannah VanGorder of Charles D. Owen High, and Katherine Stevens of T.C. Roberson High. The 220 singers of the TTBB (Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Bass 1, Bass 2) all-male national honors choir were chosen from 600 auditions, and included Zion Morgan of T.C. Roberson High, and Throop Smith of Charles D. Owen High.

Owen and Roberson students represented BCS in the 60th ACDA national honors choirs.“It was a blast!” said Roberson senior Zion Morgan, who performed a solo with the national honors chorus. “The music was a little difficult, but I pulled through by the end! I met a lot of people from many different places and realized how we all learn the same thing — but in different ways.”

Accomplished singers and music educators across the nation are familiar with the ACDA, whose annual festivities draw thousands of musicians to celebrate choral music and education. According to the ACDA website, the organization’s choral directors represent over a million U.S. singers with the mission “to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.”

Directors Ms. Aleisa Baker and Ms. Katie Stephens accompanied their students to the conference held between February 27 and March 2.

“The whole experience inspired me to keep going and follow my dreams of becoming a chorus teacher so I can give kids opportunities like this one,” Bethany said.

Special thanks to Ms. Baker, Ms. Stephens, and Ms. Kim Stevens for providing photos and information about this year's ACDA singers.

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