ALL-COUNTY HONORS CHORUS
2024 CONCERT DATE:
November 16 at 2pm
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
High School Honors Chorus Instructors
Amanda Tant, Hendersonville High School
Christine Cullen, East Henderson High School
Makayla Melton, North Henderson High School
Tiffany King, West Henderson High School
Evila K Fausto
Middle School Honors Chorus Instructors
Makayla Melton, Apple Valley Middle School
Jessica Lowe, Flat Rock Middle School
Amada Tant, Hendersonville Middle School
Jade Diaz Sanchez
Lily Grace Adams
Now in its 14th year, the All-County Honors Chorus (the Honors Chorus) serves both Middle and High School students. This initiative is an outreach program of the Carolina Concert Choir, a non-profit organization. During 2023, 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, and by generous donations from several patrons.
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 2023 clinic was held on Friday, November 17 and the Honors Chorus presented a concert for the community on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville, NC. Dr. Michael Lancaster served as guest clinician and conductor. He was joined by Mr. Noah Melton, music instructor in Durham, NC as the middle school clinician and conductor. The High School students are accompanied by Ms. Susan Clearman, the Carolina Concert Choir accompanist. The Middle School students are accompanied by Mr. Stephen Klein, Director of Music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, NC.
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, 2015, 2016, and 2017 clinics and concerts to full houses at Trinity Presbyterian and Grace Lutheran Churches in Hendersonville, NC. Professor Doebler invited the Honors Chorus to perform with the Carolina Concert Choir Christmas concerts, and this tradition continues. Since 2018, Dr. Michael Lancaster, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Carolina Concert Choir has led the All-County Honors Chorus clinics and concerts. All performance since 2018 have been at Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville, NC to capacity crowds.
We applaud the choral teachers of Henderson County High Schools and Middle Schools who help prepare and audition the students to attend and perform the music during the clinic and concerts.