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Tyler Consolidated Choir Members Attend Conference

By Staff | Feb 6, 2019

Photo Provided In the picture, back row, is Dr. Kelly Miller, Kendra Beaver, Jacob Swartz, Alec Jacobsen, Makayla Haught, and Mr. Abram Negie. Front row is Jonathan Clay, Eudora Lough, Bruce Garuccio, and Larissa Ahouse.

Eight students from Tyler Consolidated attended the 2019 West Virginia American Choral Director’s Association Conference Jan. 24-26. Students who attended are Larissa Ahouse, Jonathan Clay, Bruce Garuccio, Alec Jacobsen, Eudora Lough, and Jacob Swartz of TCMS and Kendra Beaver and Makayla Haught of TCHS.

During those days, students from Tyler County combined with 215 students from across the state to rehearse their music leading to a concert on Saturday, Jan. 26.

During rehearsals and their concert, students were led by Dr. Kelly Miller. During rehearsal time, Dr. Miller worked with students to help improve their skills as performers. She focused on enhancing vocal pedagogy; discussing the appropriate way to create vowel sounds for different pieces, using dynamics to increase the energy of a piece, and connecting with a piece and fellow singers to allow the audience to better understand the emotion of a piece.

On Saturday, Jr. High/Middle School Honor Choir held a performance along with the WVACDA Collegiate and High School Honor Choirs at the Baptist Temple in Charleston, W.Va. The venue was filled to capacity with some members of an audience from across the state left standing.

The Jr. High Choir performed the pieces “Cantate Domino” by David Brunner, “Sililiza” by Jim Papoulis, “I Dream a World” by David Brunner, “Galop” from the Solfeggi Suite by Ken Berg, “Why We Sing” by Greg Gilpin, and “Take Me To the Water” by Rollo Dilworth.

Dr. Kelly Miller is Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Central Florida where she conducts the Women’s Choir. She teaches introduction to music education, secondary choral methods I and II, music learning theory and assessment, music and the student with exceptionalities, graduate classes in music education and supervises student teachers through their internships. Prior to her appointment at UCF, Miller taught at Western Illinois University as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, conducting the Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She conducted the Woman’s Glee Club at Michigan State University for three years and taught choral music at the high school level for 13 years in Michigan, Florida, and Nebraska.

The mission of the American Choral Directors Association is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition and advocacy.