16th Annual Honors Recital at Hart April 6
One of the first signs of spring in Waynesville is the annual Honors Recital sponsored by the Haywood Arts Council.
At 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, young musicians will gather to present the efforts of their hard winter’s work in a variety of classical and traditional selections. The talented student performers are from the counties of Haywood County, Sylva and Franklin. Students performing are Tanner Clark, Elijah Ensley, Jesse Lloyd, Austin Lloyd, Mieky McBride, Alley Preda, Andrew Summers, Caroline Vargas, Ally Vickery, Elizabeth Vickery, Wesley Walker, Emily Yang, and Thomas Yang.
Teachers represented by these students are Barbara Dooley, Kim Hannah, Sarah Harkins, Deborah Horn, Mildred McSwain, Pamela Parker, Elisabeth Price, Linda Rathman and Anna Watson, recital coordinator.
Established as a venue to hone performance skills in young musicians, the honors recital has introduced the terrors and thrills of performing for a live audience to dozens of western North Carolina’s rising stars.
Whether the music is by Beethoven or John Thompson, pianists, vocalists and instrumentalists have shared their work with proud parents, grandparents and community enthusiasts. Some of these young people have continued to grow in their love for music and performing, embarking on careers in music education, music technology, and music therapy.
This community has been active in supporting their efforts. The Honors Recital will be held at the Performing Arts Center on Pigeon Street in Waynesville. The event is open to the public, is non-competitive and is free but donations are appreciated. A reception will follow with punch and cookies, hosted by the Piano Committee of the Arts Council.