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Tyler County Students Attend All State Choir

By Staff | Feb 19, 2020

Pictured are the Tyler County students who attended the 2020 West Virginia American Choral Director’s Association Conference. From left to right are Eudora Lough, Timothy Boyd, Raina Long, Layla Williamson, Alec Jacobsen, Abigail White, and Cole Moore.

Seven students from Tyler Consolidated attended the 2020 West Virginia American Choral Director’s Association Conference January 23 to the 24. Students that attended are Timothy Boyd, Raina Long, Cole Moore, and Layla Williamson of TCMS and Alec Jacobsen, Eudora Lough, and Abigail White of TCHS. During those days, students from Tyler County combined with 223 students from across the state to rehearse their music leading to a concert on Saturday, January 25.

During rehearsals and their concert, students were led by Kenney Potter. During rehearsal time, Potter worked with students to help improve their skills as performers. He 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. He also had the students pay attention to the meaning of the music to better understand the message that it would convey to the audience.

On Saturday, Jr. High/Middle School Honor Choir held a performance along with the WVACDA Collegiate and High School Honor Choirs at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, WV. The venue was filled with over 430 members in the audience. The Jr. High Choir performed the pieces “Sanctus” by J.S. Bach, “Hashivenu” by Greg Gilpin, “Shenandoah” by Rollo Dilworth, “Songs in the Night” by Victor C. Johnson, “Bawo Thixo Somandla” by Sidumo Nyamezele, and “How Good” by Michael Engelhardt.

Kenney Potter is the Director of Choral Activities at Wingate University and serves as the Artistic Director of the Charlotte Master Chorale. At Wingate, he oversees a program that is recognized for its artistic excellence. His choirs have received wide-spread acclaim including winning the Grand Prix for best choir in the Parnu International Choral Festival in Parnu, Estonia. This year, he will conduct the Charlotte Master Chorale in performances of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem and Handel’s Messiah as well as collaborate with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra in performances of the Magnificat by J. S. Bach. As a performer, he has been a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall, and was choir soloist for the Grammy-winning Oregon Bach Festival choir as well as the International Bach Academy, conducted by Helmuth Rilling. In addition to his work at Wingate and with the Charlotte Master Chorale, he serves as Choral Conductor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a clinician, Dr. Potter has conducted state-wide festival choirs for NAfME and ACDA in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia as well as in Nairobi, Kenya, and Johannesburg, South Africa. His compositions are published by Hinshaw Music, Choristers Guild, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing and he is founder and editor of Wingate University Music Press, which publishes Folk Songs of South Africa, a series of pedagogical resources that he co-authored with Dalene Hoogenhout, conductor of the Wits Choir of Johannesburg. He holds degrees from Florida State University, Portland State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensbororesides in Charlotte with his wife, Heather, and their children, Syl and Calvin.

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