By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor
An A Cappella singing group from Georgia College and State University, called the Max Noah Singers, stopped by Morgan County High School this week during their Christmas Tour. The Max Noah Singers featured a former MCHS alum, Greta Pritchett, 23, who received a warm welcome home during the show. When she introduced herself as a former student at MCHS, the crowd burst into a boisterous applause. Pritchett, a voice education major and senior at Georgia College, was moved to sing beloved Christmas songs in her hometown. “It was really special being able to come back home to my church and high school as part of my last Christmas tour with Max Noah,” said Greta Pritchett. “It was great to see her welcomed back like that,” said LeahAnne Sellers, Greta’s mother and administrative assistant at the Freshman Academy. “I had many ‘proud mama moments’ as I watched her and the other young men and women sing. They were such a blessing to our church Sunday night as well as to the wonderfully attentive students who sat in on the concert. As if tears of pride were not enough, one of my favorite moments was when they were introducing themselves. When it was Greta’s turn and she told that she was from ‘here,’ the reception was overwhelming. I am very proud of Greta’s accomplishments and talent. She remains a positive representative of Morgan County and has a wonderful future awaiting her. The Max Noah Singers are visiting churches and high schools throughout Northeast Georgia this week to spread Christmas cheer with compelling renditions of Christmas classics under the direction of Jennifer Flory. “We greatly enjoyed our visit and performance at Morgan County High School. It was great for me to sit back and watch our student conductors and small ensembles perform so skillfully. Thank you to the students and staff at MCHS for being such a great audience and hosts!” said Flory. According to a Georgia College press release, Georgia College’s Max Noah Singers embarked on their ninth annual tour Sunday, Dec. 14. This is the second time the group performed solely in state at high schools and churches. All of the music was sung without accompaniment other than percussion. “I think it is an exciting opportunity to sing within the state of Georgia,” said Mitchell Moore, student conductor. “It is cool because we get to focus on the music extensively and share it with prospective students and alumni.” The Max Noah Singers worked to perfect the 15 songs they performed for the tour. They spent hours inside and outside the classroom preparing the music and getting ready for the trip. Musical numbers include: Deck the Halls, White Christmas, Ave Maria, Silent Night, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. “I am looking forward to singing at my home church and my alma mater, Morgan County High School,” said singer Greta Pritchett. The group began their journey with a stop in Dublin, then journeyed to concerts in Madison, McDonough and back home to Milledgeville. Dr. Jennifer Flory, director of choral activities, conducted the show along with student conductors, Meagan Johnson, Moore, Brianna Riley, Bradley Sowell and Caroline Thomas.