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Chatham County to have second annual All-County chorus

Posted Friday, April 22, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Northwood High School will host the second annual Chatham All-County Choral Festival on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. Building on the 2010 inaugural concert, organizer Marilyn Shugart and Chatham County music teachers have added a middle school component to this year’s festivities.

Dr. Dan Huff, professor of music at UNC Chapel Hill, returns as clinician and conductor for the high school chorus. The high school accompanist will be Dr. Frank Pittman, a professor of music at Meredith College.

Leading the new middle school chorus is composer and clinician Andy Beck. The program will include four of Beck’s compositions. Valerie Lefever Hughes serves as the middle school accompanist. Additional Northwood student musicians accompanying the middle school singers include Spencer Nelson - alto sax; Coburn Jones - alto sax; Nick Emmerling – guitar; Jason Damico – bass; and Ryan O'Daniel – drums.

Students come to the festival having individually learned concert selections. They spend the day at Northwood working with clinicians to develop and polish the music for the free evening concert to be held in the Northwood Benjamin j. Lee Auditorium.

The 2011 festival is made possible by a grant from the Youth Pro Musica Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation. Shugart, the Northwood choral and guitar instructor, and Chatham County Schools are the recipients of Youth Pro Musica’s first Raising Voices Grant. Raising Voices was established to support creative choral music initiatives for Triangle youth and to encourage involvement in choral music and choral music education. Additional support for this year’s concert is provided by the Northwood High School Arts Education Foundation.

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