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2021 All-County Chorus Performs at Wortham Center
2021 All-County Chorus Performs at Wortham Center
Posted on 11/16/2021
BCS proudly presents the 2021 All-County High School Honors Chorus on November 16.Featured Photos: 1. (Above) The All-County High School Honors Chorus rehearses in the afternoon on Nov. 16 at the Wortham Center for the Performaing Arts. 2. Dr. Hugh Ferguson Flloyd directs this years All-County chorus during a rehersal. View the full photo gallery on Facebook.

By: Benjamin Rickert

BCS Communications Dept.

Buncombe County Schools (BCS) proudly presents the 2021 All-County High School Honors Chorus on November 16 at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. At 7 p.m., talented students representing all six BCS districts will perform a diverse repertoire of challenging music.

“It is so great to be back together to sing as a community again,” said twelfth grade Charles D. Owen High singer Charlotte Lannigan. “Singing together while meeting singers from across the county is awe inspiring. It is nice to find normalcy once again.” 

Dr. Hugh Ferguson Flloyd directs this years All-County chorus during a rehersal.Each year, students audition for All-County chorus, band, and strings ensembles. Acclaimed guest directors and accompanists are invited to lead the students in two days of rehearsals and workshops, culminating in free public performances hosted by local arts venues. Following district safety protocols* and Buncombe County’s current face covering mandate, the chorus students will perform in the first in-person All-County event since February, 2020.

“Nothing can take the place of making beautiful music with an ensemble,” said Owen High Choral Director Katie Stephens. “We are thriving even after times of silence and are certainly overjoyed to be together again as a community under the choral direction of Dr. Floyd.”

This year’s All-County chorus event will be directed by Furman University’s Dr. Hugh Ferguson Flloyd. Floyd serves as a Professor of Music, Coordinator of Choral Ensembles, and Director of the Furman Singers. Kyle Ritter, Canon for Music at The Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville, will serve as this year’s accompanist.

Eleventh grade Owen student Kendall Grogan said that this fall’s event is marked by “a feeling of unity.”

“We naturally have a sense of togetherness as musicians,” she said. “This music brings us together.”

The Wortham Center for Performing Arts is located at 18 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville.

* Safety protocols include face coverings, reduced audience capacity, empty seats between non-related guests, additional time for auditorium ventilation between rehearsals, and more.

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