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The 2019 All-County High School Honors Chorus
The 2019 All-County Honors Chorus
Posted on 11/19/2019
Students tackled a challenging Vivaldi masterwork in this year's honors chorus performance.By: Benjamin Rickert, BCS Communications
(Photos By: Benjamin Rickert and Laura Mitchell)

Students performed Vivaldi's Gloria with a string quartet and pipe organ.Antonio Vivaldi's (1680-1740) masterwork 'Gloria' (RV 589) is known world-wide for its joyful, festive, and emotional qualities.

On November 19, 2019, the Buncombe County Schools All-County High School Honors Chorus took on the challenge of performing the piece's 11 movements at the First Baptist Church of Asheville, appropriately accompanied by a pipe organ, oboe, trumpet, and string quartet.

“This is a showcase of the strength and success of the choral program here in Buncombe County Schools,” said A.C. Reynolds High School choral director Mr. Phillip Haynie.

The free, public concert was the culmination of a two-day musical event led by guest clinician and director Dr. James Franklin, Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University, and high school choral directors from across Buncombe County.

The instrumentalists included Tate Addis (organ), Heather Cree (violin), Maddy Welch (violin), Rosanne Rousseau-Cavender (viola), Kevin Young (trumpet), Susan Brashier (Oboe), and Paul Ghosthorse (cello).

The challenging solo movements - often sung by educators or professional vocalists - were performed by T.C. Roberson High School student-soloists Kathleen Kennerly, Sophie Smith, Alex Traynham, Anaiya Adwaters, and Emma Kent.

The First Baptist Church of Asheville provided a rich, acoustic space for Vivaldi's Gloria."The opportunity for high school students to sing the arias in a masterwork of this nature is an enormous task," said Roberson choral director Ms. Aleisa Baker. "I could not be prouder of my students for their courage and beautiful singing."

The venue for this year’s performance was a perfect fit for Vivaldi’s work, Haynie explained.

“It’s a beautiful space, accommodates the size of our ensemble, and is really spectacular for choral and string music. The sound just soars up to the ceiling and blends beautifully,” he said.

The honors chorus consisted of students from A.C. Reynolds High, Charles D. Owen High, Clyde A. Erwin High, Enka High, North Buncombe High, and T.C. Roberson High.

Watch a short video clip of the chorus rehearsing prior to the performance.

Learn more about arts in Buncombe County Schools by following our arts-specific facebook page, @BuncombeArts!

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