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09-16-2011


Cumberlands Department of Music hosts 300 students at High School Choral Workshop

 


Close to 300 high school students pack University of the Cumberlands' Kohn Theatre during the 4th Annual High School Choral Workshop. UC's Department of Music hosted 15 regional high schools on Thursday at the event, designed to prepare students for auditions to one of the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s three All-State Choirs.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.—The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Department of Music hosted 15 regional high schools on Thursday at the 4th Annual High School Choral Workshop. Close to 300 students took part in the training event, designed to prepare them for auditions to one of the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s three All-State Choirs.

Dr. David Etter, UC’s Director of Choral Studies, started the workshop four years ago “specifically, to aid choir directors and students to prepare for their auditions for the KMEA All-State Choirs.” High school sophomores, juniors and seniors prepare for the try-outs in sessions devoted to the audition process, including performing a mock audition.

In the mock audition, one student is given a piece of music they have not seen before and must show a judge they have the ability to site-read by singing the line of music on the paper. To be accepted into a KMEA choir, students must be able to site-read music.

The workshop has grown in the four years it has been running. According to Etter, the first year’s turnout amounted to 95 students. Today, the university packed its Kohn Theatre with nearly 300. Schools must pay a minimal fee to participate, and the fee goes directly to cover some of the cost of the workshop.

“The kids really were participating and enjoyed being with other schools,” said Jonathan Wyatt (Williamsburg, KY), UC senior and workshop assistant.

KMEA All-State Choir auditions for this district are in October.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.