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Five chosen for honors choruses

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on December 9, 2010 1:46 PM

Five area students were chosen for the N.C. Middle and High School Honors Chorus, sponsored by the N.C. Music Educators Association.

Chosen from Wayne County Public Schools were Matthew Mintz, Jameson Morris and Cullen Tyndall from Eastern Wayne Middle Schol; Madeline Edwards from Eastern Wayne High; and Sara Lewis from Rosewood Middle.

Students were first required to audition before a judge, who scored them on such skills as posture, articulation, pitch and musicianship.

They spent the weeks leading up to the concert learning song parts, both independently and with their respective choral directors before performing as a group in Winston-Salem, officials said.

Those chosen from the district were recognized at Monday evening's Board of Education meeting.

Miss Edwards, a sophomore, performed in the State High School Honors Chorus, said board member Len Henderson.

"She competed against hundreds of high school students from across the state to earn a place in the 160-member chorus," he said. "It is important to note that performing in state honors choruses is not new to Miss Edwards. While at Eastern Wayne Middle, she performed in the middle school honors chorus multiple years and was even a soloist.

"By performing with the state high school honors chorus, Miss Edwards earned the distinction of being the first student in the history of her school to be selected for the chorus."

The other students were among the 160 chosen for the middle school honors chorus, from a pool of approximately 1,000 students who auditioned across the state. They performed six pieces and were directed by Dr. Kenney Potter, director of choral activities at Wingate University.