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All-County Choral Festival Tuesday

By Staff Reports
Published in News on April 22, 2012 1:50 AM

About 275 choral members from Wayne County Public Schools will come together in one voice to showcase their musical talents Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Goldsboro High School.

The choral festival will be divided into three programs, which will be performed by elementary, middle and high school students. An accomplished professional will direct each talented group of singers. The elementary chorus will be directed by Dr. Maribeth Gail Yoder-White, a music consultant and clinician. The middle school chorus will be directed by Barbara Swigart, a music and drama teacher at Croatan High School in Carteret County. The high school chorus will be directed by Dr. Daniel M. Huff, a Clinical Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Twenty-three schools will be represented in the program. Eddie Radford, chairman of the Wayne County Board of Education, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

"This event is one all of our schools look forward to each year," said Kim Copeland, WCPS Director of Performing Arts. "The All County Choral Festival is always an enjoyable evening for the many students, family members, staff and community members who come out to hear these singers perform."

Choral directors from each school selected the participating students for their vocal ability and work ethic. Musical selections will include "The Lion and the Unicorn," "Bee! I'm Expecting You!," "Jubilate, Alleluia!," "I'm Just A-Goin' Home," "I Won't Dance," "Kyrie" and "Faithful Over a Few Things." For the finale, all of the performer will come together to perform "Why We Sing."

Music teachers and choral directors who have worked in preparation for this event include LaVone Hicks of Carver Elementary, Kevin Alston of Carver Heights Elementary and Mount Olive Middle, Isaac Bruton of Charles B. Aycock High and Goldsboro High, Victoria Ruffin of Dillard Middle, Sheri Pabst of Eastern Wayne Elementary, Dallas Montague of Eastern Wayne High, Skip Morris of Eastern Wayne Middle Jim Grant of Fremont STARS Elementary, Jamie Cox of Grantham School, Jennifer Lancaster of Greenwood Middle, Matilda Marriner of Meadow Lane Elementary, Denise Dupree of North Drive Elementary, Jean Milleson of Northeast Elementary, Sharon Caughron and Octavia Johnson of Northwest Elementary, Michelle Walker of Norwayne Middle, Marie Batten of Rosewood Elementary, Lisa West of Rosewood High & Rosewood Middle, Jason Cox of Southern Wayne High, Tim and Samantha Heath of Spring Creek High, and Shannon Stokes of Tommy's Road Elementary.