16 students from FLorence headed to state choral events

December 22, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Sixteen students in Florence One Schools have auditioned and made 2019 All-State Choral events.

Six local high school students have made the South Carolina Music Education Association’s (SCMEA) 2019 All-State Chorus.

South Florence High School’s All-State Chorus members are Antonio Brown, Joryll Robinson and Jah’Reon Robinson.

West Florence High School’s All-State Chorus members are Dontex Haggins, Joshua Barrett and Kendal Harvey.

To be selected, the students auditioned in an a cappella quintet singing a classical piece by Handel. They also were required to sight-sing a melody that they had never seen before.

The All-State Choral clinic is a weeklong event that will be held in March at Winthrop University in Rock Hill and conducted by prominent composers/conductors from across the nation. The program provides an opportunity for superior choral students to sing together and to represent South Carolina in statewide events.

The South Carolina All-State Chorus program provides an intensive and demanding vocal experience, which fosters self-discipline and personal growth as well as musicianship.

The high school music instructors of students who made all-state chorus are Erick Figueras of South Florence and Nikki Frabott of West Florence.

In addition, 10 Florence One Schools elementary students have made the 2019 South Carolina Elementary Honor Chorus. They are Keelie Gerald, Jenna Fox, Zebriah Burks and Evan Edwards (Greenwood Elementary); Prisca Mullins, Karleigh McKay, Leanna Sheffield and Kilee Brown (John W. Moore Intermediate); Jacob Gray and Jennalyn Gray (Dewey L. Carter Elementary).

The elementary music instructors are Christina Welch of Greenwood), Dawn Kirven of John W. Moore and C. Brent Bennett of Dewey L. Carter.

The South Carolina Elementary Honor Choir allows gifted young singers an opportunity to perform in a large choir with other children from across the state. The choral clinic will be held in February in Columbia.

To be selected, students echoed four different melodic patterns correctly, sang a harmony exercise while staying on their assigned part and performed “America/My Country ’Tis of Thee” as a solo with excellent vocal quality, correct rhythm and pitch. Students usually need a perfect score of 44 or a nearly perfect score of 42 or 43 to qualify.

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