POINT PLEASANT — Choral students at Point Pleasant Jr./Sr. High School were the chosen ones, literally, when it came to being asked to participate in an all-state choir.
Eight students from PPJ/SHS were picked to participate in the 2016 West Virginia chapter of the American Choral Directors Association Junior High All-State Choir, with PPJ/SHS being the only school in Mason County that had students chosen.
Students participating were ninth-graders Jacob Shull and Ben Browning; eighth-graders Taylor Tatterson, Blake Towe and Cohen Yates; and seventh-graders Avery Richardson, Olivia Boggess and Zoe Enos.
This is a top honor for students and the choir program at PPJ/SHS. Schools selected to participate can be allotted from one to eight students and Point Pleasant received the top allotment because of the number of students who participate in the school’s choir program.
Students attended the ACDA conference Jan. 28-30 at the Charleston Civic Center and performed for an audience on that Saturday at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium. The students performed with other students from throughout the state, making up a 300-piece choir.
PPJ/SHS choir students are under the direction of Crystal Hendricks. While attending the conference, Hendricks also attended many clinics, including one discussing the formation of ratings for choirs.
Assisting Hendricks and the choir on the trip were volunteer chaperones Mary Farley and Greta Boggess.
The ACDA is a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research and teaching. In addition, ACDA strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music’s position in American society.
ACDA members teach choral music in public and private schools — kindergarten through senior high school — and at the college and university levels. They conduct a variety of choral groups, including boy choirs, children’s choirs, men’s and women’s choruses, junior and senior high school choirs, college and university choruses, ethnic choirs, vocal-jazz ensembles, and symphony choruses. They also conduct choirs in their communities and in their places of worship.
Some information for this article found at www.wvacda.org.