Newnan High, Smokey Road and Evans choruses celebrate Music in our Schools Month with concert
From Staff Reports
Newnan High School’s chorus was joined by guest choirs from Smokey Road Middle School and Evans Middle School for a special concert celebration of national Music in our Schools Month Monday in the NHS auditorium.
Conductor Elizabeth Robbins led Newnan’s Mixed Chorus in the Star-Spangled Banner to open the concert, and the Evans Eighth Grade Chorus then performed “Set Down Servant” and “Danny Boy,” led by Conductor Johnny Holloway and accompanied by JoAnn Nieves.
Next was the NHS Women’s Chamber Choir, accompanied by Mary West, with “Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier.” Two A cappella groups entertained the crowd, as Acabella sang the R&B classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and the newly formed Do-Re-Mi-Gos earned a standing ovation for their version of the Chiffons’ “One Fine Day.”
Acabella included Michaela Bell, Payton Cofield, Taylor Cornelius, Olivia Diaz, Alaina McLarin, Shellby Puopolo, Keshuna Rhodes, Sarah Thompson, Marilyn White and Chase Worthey. Members of the Do-Re-Mi-Gos are Anne Jarrett, Karmayne North, Savannah Ohliger, Emily Peek, Shelby Sloan, Caroline Thompson, Meagan Thompson, Casey Wallace and Elizabeth West.
Smokey Road’s Seventh & Eighth Grade Chorus, led by Conductor Denise Meacham and accompanied by West, followed with “Sing We and Chant It” and “In This Ancient House.”
It was the men’s turn next, as the NHS Men’s Chorus took on “Rosalee” and “Soul Sister,” which included solos by Chris Green, Tyler Hinesley, Myles Hicks and Cody Davis and featured Davis on ukulele and Matthew Moore on percussion.
Newnan High singers recombined for Mixed Chorus performances of “Fa Una Canzona” and “Praise His Holy Name,” which featured Davis on bass and Moore on percussion.
The evening culminated in a combined performance from all three schools’ choruses for “Why We Sing,” again featuring Davis on bass and Moore on percussion. West accompanied the NHS chorus performances and the combined finale as well.
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Music in our Schools Month (MIOSM) began in 1973 and has grown into a national celebration of school music throughout March each year. Raising awareness for the importance of music education for all children, MIOSM now includes concerts and other activities in schools and communities throughout the United States and overseas.