Friday, March 13, 2009

Whitewater High School Chorale Receives Standing Ovation in Savannah

Whitewater High School's Chorale was honored to perform at GMEA's (Georgia Music Educator's Association) In-Service Conference and Convention on January 30th, 2009. This conference and convention took place at Wesley Monumental Church in Savannah, GA.

Kelly Butler, Director; Hannah Beth Potter, Assistant Director and Amy Meyer, Accompanist led Whitewater High School's Chorale in songs including "O Quam Gloriosum" by Tomas Luis e Victoria; "Hear Me, I Will Live" from Crying For A Dream by Rene Clausen; "Sing A Mighty Song" by Daniel E. Gawthrop; "O nata lux" by David Dickau; "The Conversion of Saul" by Z. Randall Stroope; "God Is Seen" by Robert Shaw / Alice Parker and "Job, Job" by Stephen Hatfield. They received a standing ovation by a standing room only audience.

Whitewater High School opened in 2003 with a single freshman class. Over the past 6 school years, the choral program has grown from 80 students in 2003 to over 275 students in 2009. Six choirs meet on a daily basis while an elite a cappella ensemble rehearses after school. The Whitewater Chorale is a premier choir that was formed in 2006 with 45 upper classmen.

By 2009, the choir has grown to include over 50 auditioned 11th & 12th grade singers. Members participate in GMEA events such as District Honor Chorus and All-State Chorus, have been selected for Governor's Honors Program, and have been asked to perform at many venues in the Southern Crescent Region.

WHS Chorale continues to receive superior ratings (Class A) at performance evaluation in performance and sight-reading. The mission of the choir is to perform challenging musical literature that both the students and the conductor are passionate about, to excel in sight-reading and music theory, and to grow as musicians and individuals throughout the school year whiel participating in the choir.

Fayette County is fortunate to have such an incredible group of talented students.

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