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FMS students make state ‘Honor Choir’


Two Farragut Middle School students will be representing Farragut in the Treble Honors Choir, hosted by the Tennessee Music Educators Association in Nashville.

Sixth-graders Paige Neil and Kylie Julius will attend the weekend-long event, held Wednesday, April 16, through Saturday, April 19.

FMS Chorus teacher Terri King said, “There were 53 kids out of about 175 in the sixth- grade chorus who auditioned.”

She added cost my have been a factor for some.

“It costs about $300 for a child to participate. The parents have to pay for the motel room, and then there is a $50 fee once they are accepted, plus their food. The ones that brought back a form from their parents saying they were willing to pay that if they were accepted auditioned,” she said.

Initially the students auditioned in groups of five or six.

“I had a couple of music teachers I had brought in to help me pick the ones they felt were the strongest. We narrowed it down from 53 to 20 and then we held another audition,” King said.

“We had them sing ‘My Country Tis of Thee, because of the range of the song. In the second audition we were listening for the strongest, clearest and purist voices at a sixthgrade level,” she added.

From those 20 students, 10 students were chosen to record the song onto a CD, which was then sent to be judged on a state level.

“From the state level, there was a committee from all across the state that picked the kids that will participate,” King said.

It is possible for each school to have up to 10 children chosen to participate.

“It is really exciting to have kids that were chosen. I was sad to only have two, but they are both really good,” King said.

“There were about 700 kids who auditioned and only 200 from the state who made it,” she added.

The Treble Honor Choir, conducted by Henry Leck, director of the internationally known Indianapolis Children’s Choir, will be the opening performance for the TMEA conference Thursday, April 17.

Kylie and Paige will be learning the music during chorus class and will have a five to six hour rehearsal session with Leck and the rest of the choir Wednesday, April, 16, as well as one rehearsal the morning of the concert Thursday, April 17.

 

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