ALL-COUNTY HONORS CHORUS
The All-County Honors Chorus was established by the Carolina Concert Choir in 2011 to expand the opportunities and experiences of young choral students in Henderson County. Unlike other musical disciplines, at the time of its inception and to this day, no other opportunities exist in our county for talented high school and middle school choral students to collaborate, learn and perform in a county-wide venue. Funding for this endeavor is supported by generous private donors and grants.
Students from all county high schools, middle schools, private schools and home schools are eligible to participate in the Middle School and High School Honors Choruses. Students audition in September and are selected to participate in a choral clinic and concert in November. Prior to the clinic, students work with their respective choral conductors and teachers to learn the music for the concert.
Choral singers have been described as “vocal athletes” because they must breathe correctly, sing the right notes, speak the words clearly, watch the director, remember changes in rhythm and volume, project their voices and communicate the composer’s message with sustained energy and feeling. Perhaps the most important skill is learning to work as a team to accomplish together what no one of them can do alone.
Indigo Hansen - Honors Chorus Student
I have been participating in the honor’s chorus program for seven years now, and every year was a new experience and a wonderful memory. The honor’s chorus program has given me the amazing opportunity to sing with other talented singers in the area, and grow together musically. I look forward to honor’s chorus every year, because I can meet new people who audition for the chorus, and I can inspire them to be better singers through it.
All-County made me a better singer and exposed me to some truly amazing conductors. It was so much fun and we sang some truly beautiful pieces.
West Henderson Honors Chorus Student
Barbara Glassman - Singer, Carolina Concert Choir
I was never an athlete. But I could sing. My junior and high school choirs kept me going. It gave me confidence. To this day, it is my privilege to be a member of Carolina Concert Choir – along with high school and college singers and folks with still excellent voices into their 80’s. My athletic friends no longer play football or basketball, but I can still sing. My talent that was nurtured will last a lifetime. I have much
gratitude for my teachers, mentors, and choral directors.
The Carolina Concert Choir is the main supporter of choral music in Henderson County. Dedicated parents know the intrinsic value of the choral experience. Please donate, and help us continue this worthy program so we can continue to inspire a skill and passion that will last a
Thank you for all of the hard work CCC puts into making this event possible for our students. Honors Chorus provides an experience that cannot be replicated in the school chorus program at HHS. Students who take Chorus year after year are given the opportunity to sing difficult repertoire with motivated, like-minded students. My students relish the chance to sing with more experienced singers and sing in SATB (HHS Chorus has never had enough men to tackle much SATB.)
Thank you for the work that you do!
Amanda Tant - Hendersonville High School and Middle School Director
2021-2022 High School Honors Chorus
Amanda Tant, Hendersonville High School
Noah Melton, East Henderson High School
Laura Levene, North Henderson High School
Tiffany King, West Henderson High School
Patricia Chacon Medina
Claire (Ryker) Arnold
Middle School Honors Chorus
Laura Levene, Apple Valley Middle School
Jessica Lowe, Flat Rock Middle School
Amada Tant, Hendersonville Middle School
Shayla Conejo Leon
Adryana Rose Messinger
Now in its seventh year, the All-County High School Honors Chorus (the Honors Chorus) has expanded to include Middle School students. This initiative is an outreach program of the Carolina Concert Choir, a non-profit organization. This year, the project was supported by a grant from The Community Foundation of Henderson County, the North Carolina Arts Council administered by the Arts Council of Henderson County, Henderson County TDA, and by a generous donation from Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Glassman.
This is the only choral program to honor and focus on area high school and middle school choral students. Diverse students are auditioned in September from all four Henderson County high schools, middle schools, area private schools, and home schools. The school choral teachers prepare the students for auditions and one-day clinic. The clinic was held on Friday, November 18 and the Honors Chorus presented a concert for the community on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville, NC. Once again, Professor Lawrence Doebler served as guest clinician and conductor. He was joined by his daughter-in-law Dr. Liz Doebler as the middle school clinician and conductor.
In 2012 and 2013, the one-day choral clinics/next-day concert formats were performed by auditioned students under the direction of guest clinician/conductor Dr. Michael Lancaster, Director of Choral Activities at Western Carolina University. The concerts were a tremendous success for the students and audience. In 2014 when Professor Lawrence Doebler became the Artstic Director/Conductor of the Carolina Concert Choir, he conducted the 2014 clinic/concert on November 22, 2014 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville to a full house. Professor Doebler has invited the Honors Chorus to perform with the Carolina Concert Choir Christmas concerts on Friday, December 2, 2016 AT 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm in the Thomas Auditorium of Blue Ridge Community College.
We applaud the choral teachers of Henderson County High Schools and Middle Schools who prepared the students to audition and perform the music for the clinic and concerts.