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Farragut High School singers ‘make’ All State Chorus

Farragut High School’s choral department was home to 16 Tennessee All State Chorus singers last spring.

The achievement involved hundreds of hours of vocal practice and commitment.

Since last fall, students endured a grueling practice schedule overseen by FHS choral director Kenton Deitch.

Many ensemble students, also known as Madrigal Singers at Christmas-time and Singing Valentines in February, auditioned to earn the distinction of All East Tennessee last fall.

After that achievement, in mid-April, FHS students mixed with other Tennessee students with a goal to improve their musical talent at a conference in the Renaissance Convention Center in downtown Nashville.

FHS students were split into various groups, some with none or just one other fellow FHS student, alongside Tennessee students from Middle and West Tennessee. During the hands-on, in-your-face rehearsals, students met with directors three times a day for sessions lasting two to three hours each.

Music “is an escape. When you’re focused on what the words mean, it’s all about the music,” freshman Robert Wrinkle said.

Wrinkle’s mother, Jennifer, said, “This program has taught my children responsibility and discipline. My daughter, who is a senior, plans on majoring in music. I believe [it’s] because of her four years of involvement with chorus. I believe it is documented that a child’s involvement with music increases academic thinking and increases test scores.”

Wrinkle credits Deitch with the singers’ success” “Mr. Deitch is very dedicated.”


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