By Tia Lynn Lecorchick, Staff Writer
By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The 2014 Georgia Music Educators Association District Four Honor Chorus event took place on January 9-10. The event featured middle and high school students from across the four-county district.
Fifteen students from Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) participated in the honor chorus this year: Marlaysia Peters, Samantha Penland, Lexi James, Grace Ward, Sadie Worth, Kay Davis, Reilly Faulkner, Juniper Lietch, Jazmyn Lietch, Cansas Tanner, Haleigh Long, Ashton Cox, Ally Parris, Mackenzie Manion, and Lyric Stokes. Jared Register, the choral diretor at MCMS, is proud to be leading a group of such musically-gifted students.
“Honor Chorus is one of the most exciting events on the middle school chorus calendar and being chosen to participate shows great work ethic, vocal ability, and a strong sense of discipline,” said Jared Register, choral director at MCMS.
Register and the 15 students from MCMS spent a total of nine hours rehearsing with 250 other middle school chorus students from Newton, Rockdale, and Dekalb counties. The choral directors from each county worked together to arrange the cumulative nine hours of rehearsal to prepare the students for their performance.
According to Register, the rehearsals prepared students to put on a full concert under the direction of Mrs. Grizzle performing, “This is a Celebration,” “There will be Soft Rains, “Feelin’ Good,” and a combined middle and high school number, “Trouble.”
Register was pleased with the outcome of the event. “One of the highlights on our chorus calendar is the annual District 4 Honor Chorus. Students from all over the district come together for a two clinic, leaving their stress and frustrations at the door.
For the two days students spend together, they create something special through song! Ensemble singing is like a family, each individual working towards one goal…to create something bigger than themselves only achieved by working together!” said Register.