Haywood County students selected for NC Honors Chorus

By Jenny Wood | Jan 25, 2014
Photo by: Donated photo Pictured are the students recognized at the January Haywood County Schools Board meeting.

Students from Haywood County elementary and middle schools were recognized at the January school board meeting for their acceptance and participation to the N.C. Honors Chorus. Fifteen students from HCS traveled to Winston–Salem for a special performance at the N.C. Music Educators Annual Conference.

To be selected as a member of the N.C. Honors Chorus, students are asked to complete various steps. Middle school students must perform a rehearsed song for a judge as well as perform a musical selection they have never heard or seen before. The judging for middle school students takes place in Hickory.

Elementary students record a song on a CD and the recordings are sent to be judged.

Over 1,000 middle schools students and 800 elementary school students auditioned from across the state. Around 150 from each level are selected.

From Waynesville Middle School, under the direction of Dr. Janna Brendell, nine students were selected: Liam Matthews, Cade Leslie, Tyler Messer, Gray Sexton, Noah Hall, Parker Montgomery, Emma Clarke, Emma Winburn, and Lisa Cates.

From Canton Middle School, under the direction of James Markey, Ansley Goolsby was selected.

From Jonathan Valley Elementary, under the direction of Paula Nichols, Laurel Causby and Haley Gombert; and from Junaluska Elementary, also under the direction of Nichols, Ben Patten and A.J. Flowe were selected.

From Central Elementary, under the direction of Martha Brown, Ryan McClure was selected as well.