VWSD Honor Choir performs at auditorium

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 29, 2015

PREPARED: Guest clinician Dr. John Flanery directs the Vicksburg Warren Honor Choir.

PREPARED: Guest clinician Dr. John Flanery directs the Vicksburg Warren Honor Choir.

The Vicksburg Warren School District Honor choir concert was held Monday night at the Vicksburg Auditorium with 226 elementary students performing five selections under the direction of guest clinician, John Flanery the associate choral director at the University of Southern Mississippi.

He said he spent the morning rehearsing with the students.

“I had about five hours with the kids today” Flanery said, but added the students came prepared.

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“The month of March is dedicated to music in our schools,” Nancy Robertson said, and this is a great way to showcase the talents of the children.

Robertson is the fine arts curriculum coordinator for the Vicksburg Warren School District.

At the beginning of the school year, auditions are held and any fifth- or sixth-grade student has the opportunity to tryout for the Honor Choir, Robertson said.

Students are selected by each school’s choral director and are chosen on vocal ability, grades and behavior.

The Honor Choir students have been practicing the selected musical pieces performed Monday night since January, Robertson said.

“We have been practicing for a long time,” said Morgan Nelson a sixth grade student at Beechwood Elementary.

Praising the VWSD, Flanery said he would “absolutely” return to Vicksburg as a guest director.

“It’s great for the fifth and sixth grade students to have an opportunity to watch the older students perform and see where they are going. To coin a Disney phrase its kind of a circle of life,” he said.

Other choirs preforming Monday night included the Vicksburg High School and Warren Central High School Madrigals, the VJHS Emerald singers, WCJHS choir and members of the WCHS choirs.

Music performed by the Honor Choir included classical selections, pieces with instrumentals and a light-hearted song that had the students barking like dogs.

Gracie James said she enjoyed participating in the Honor Choir.

“You get to sing and it’s fun,” she said.

Gracie is also a sixth grade student at Beechwood Elementary.

In the final choral selection all of the choirs that included 400 voices sang a musical arrangement by Lloyd Larson, which was a tribute to the Armed Services.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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