WINSTON-SALEM— Nineteen Surry County elementary students, the highest number ever, were selected to be included in the 2012 North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus. Out of 611 fourth, fifth and sixth grade students from all over the state who auditioned, 197 were chosen to represent North Carolina and participate in a two-day clinic/concert under guest conductor Dr. Angela Broeker of The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. The two-day event culminated in a performance before a packed audience of parents, music educators, and supporters at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem on Sunday, Nov. 11, as a part of the annual North Carolina Music Educators Conference.
Music specialists who are members of the state music organization are eligible to submit six students per school to be judged on vocal diction, melodic and rhythmic accuracy, expression, and tone quality. The students were recorded individually with piano accompaniment singing an excerpt of “Shady Grove”. Their audio files were submitted to judges for consideration, with scores of 22 out of 25 points giving an elementary student a position in the choir. 141 schools participated in the audition with 92 schools having students chosen.
The music teachers receiving notification of students accepted then rehearsed the six-composition repertoire with their respective students to help prepare them for their joint rehearsal in Winston-Salem Saturday before the concert. Schools, teachers, and students represented from Surry County are as follows:
Cedar Ridge Elementary, Luann Lovelace with 5th graders Anna Cockerham, daughter of Mike and Deborah Cockerham, and Ashley Hunsucker, daughter of Randy and Yvonne Hunsucker, all from Mount Airy.
Dobson Elementary, Keena Moxley with 4th graders Abigail Nina, daughter of Brenda Jenkins, and Brooke Mosley, daughter of Scott and Sherri Mosley and 5th graders Abigail Johnson, daughter of Greg and Beverly Johnson, Cara Scott, daughter of Kevin Scott and Donnelda Hamm, and Riley Stanley, two-time selectee and daughter of Mitch and Amy Stanley, all from Dobson.
Rockford Elementary, Keena Moxley with 5th grader Madison Goins, daughter of Ronald and Angela Goins of Rockford; Masters Academy, Sherri Collins with 6th grader Sara Terilliger, three-time selectee and daughter of Roy and Barb Terwilliger of Pilot Mountain.
Pilot Mountain Elementary, Sherri Collins with 4th grader Jacob Gates, son of Jason and Judy Gates of Mount Airy, and 5th graders Landon Barnes, son of Daniel and Jenny Barnes, Isabella Hooker, daughter of Phillip Hooker and Tina Shelar, and two-time selectee Attilah Fant, daughter of Timothy Tate and Michelle Fant (Michigan), all from Pilot Mountain;
Westfield Elementary, Sherri Collins with 4th grader Michael Senter, son of Gray Senter and Tonya Senter, all from Mount Airy; Franklin Elementary, Amey King with 5th grader Chloe Easter, daughter of Greg and Kristy Easter, all of Mount Airy.
Mountain Park Elementary, Susan Gentry with 5th grader Bailey White, daughter of Brian White and Dawn Wood of Mountain Park.
Copeland Elementary, Beverly Hembree with 5th grader and two-time selectee Peyton Martel, daughter of Rebekah Taylor and Donald Martel.
Shoals Elementary, Beverly Hembree with 4th grader Olivia Marion, daughter of Matt and Pam Marion, and 5th grader and two-time selectee Cheyenne Tilley, daughter of Matthew and Deana Tilley, all of Shoals.