SEUS choir this weekend

Published 10:33 pm Thursday, January 15, 2009

This weekend, the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus of Troy University will be filled with vocal music the likes of which can’t be heard anywhere else.

Two vocal concerts will be presented on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16 and 17. Both are free and open to the public.

The second annual Southeastern United States Honors Choir will feature 80 of the top vocal students from 15 high schools from Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The honors choir will include students from Charles Henderson High School, Pike County High School and Pike Liberal Arts School.

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Keona Collier, David Jordan, Chandra King, Dozhia Pickett will represent CHHS, Mitzy Lianne Knotts will represent PCHS and Sydni Sikes, PLAS.

Guest clinician for the concerts will be Dr. Ann Small, a faculty member at Stetson University in Florida.

Michael Hix, Troy University coordinator of vocal and choral music, said the high school students will be on campus at 9:30 a.m. Friday for an all-day intense rehearsal in preparation for a Saturday concert.

At 7 p.m. Friday, the Troy University vocal and choral ensembles will present a concert and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Southeastern United States Honors Choir will be in concert that features the top vocalists from the tri-state area.

“Both concerts will feature outstanding vocalists and we invite everyone to join us for these two concerts,” Hix said. “The high school honors choir is an opportunity for these students to audition for scholarships to Troy University and 20 of them will audition. It’s also an great recruiting tool for the university.”

Hix said Troy University offers music scholarships to music majors and non music majors.

“We have students who sing in the choirs who are not music majors but are in leadership roles on campus in a variety of subjects,” he said. “Hopefully, many of the outstanding high school vocalists, who participate in the honors choir, will return to Troy University as students.”