Troy University to host choral festival Jan. 16-17

Posted: Tuesday, 13 January 2009

TROY -- High School students from throughout the southeast will take part in the 2nd annual Southeastern United States High School Honor Choir at Troy University on Jan. 16-17. The event will be hosted by the University’s John M. Long School of Music.

The weekend festival will consist of two days of rehearsal, concluding with a concert held at 3 p.m. on Jan. 17 in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. The ensemble will feature the most talented high school singers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi.

The Troy University Collegiate Singers, Gospel Singers and Concert Chorale will also perform as a part of the festival at 7 p.m. on Jan. Both concerts are free, and admission is open to the public.

Dr. Michael Hix, coordinator of vocal/choral music at TROY, said that the festival provides participants with valuable performance experience.

“We are excited about the upcoming S.E.U.S Honor Choir,” Dr. Hix said. “It should be a wonderful learning experience for these high school students and their choir directors.”

High School seniors will also have the opportunity to audition for Troy University voice/choral scholarships.

Dr. Ann Small from Stetson University will be the guest clinician. She has authored a number of articles in music education journals and regularly conducts workshops and clinics in music education methods and children’s choir techniques. At Stetson University, Dr. Small directs the music education program and frequently conducts the opera chorus. She is also a former president of the Florida College Music Educators Association and the Association for Choral Music Education.

Schools participating in the festival include: Altha (Fla.) Public School, Ashford High School, Carroll High School, Charles Henderson High School, Hart County (Ga.) High School, Holmes County (Fla.) High School, Houston Academy, Morgan Academy, Oak Mountain High School, Pike County High School, Pike Liberal Arts School, Slocomb High School, Sandalwood (Fla.) High School, Walton (Fla.) High School and Worth County (Ga.) High School.