Rachel Harris of Crest High and Skylar Smith of Kings Mountain High were selected for and performed with the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) High School Honors Chorus. Along with about 1,300 other students from across the state, the two were selected by experienced university choral conductors based on their individual superior performance of the “Song to the Moon” by Z. Randall Stroope of Oklahoma State University.
Both students united with 174 other top vocalists from across the state to rehearse and perform at the state conference held in Winston-Salem.
“It was really fun,” said Harris, a junior at Crest High. “I met new friends from all over the state, and we practiced together for an entire day preparing for our concert.”
The purpose of the honors chorus is to honor outstanding singers from high school choral music programs in our state by giving them the opportunity to perform at the highest level of achievement.
“It was an amazing experience being able to come together with people who have the same passion as you,” said Smith, a junior at Kings Mountain High. “There were over a hundred people who came together and made one amazing sound.”
“Being seated in the North Carolina High School Honors Chorus is the most prestigious honor a high school choral student can achieve,” said Sarah Fulton, choral director at Kings Mountain High. “These two ladies have worked hard and have proved they are dedicated to their craft. We are so fortunate to have stellar arts programs in Cleveland County that are supported and celebrated.”
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