JC Voices in the spotlight at Southern Invitational Choral Conference
Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2013-10-02 06:06:02
ELLISVILLE – The premiere vocal small group at Jones County Junior College, JC Voices was selected to be the demonstration choir for one the master-classes at the Southern Invitational Choral Conference held at USM. The gathering of more than 500 vocalists from Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana is an honor choir comprised of students from more than 100 high schools and 24 community/junior colleges. They rehearse with guest directors from around the country learning valuable singing skills. JCJC Fine Arts Division Chair, Dr. Susan Smith Ph.D. noted, to be spotlighted in the conference as an example of excellence, was a privilege.
“We are extremely pleased to have such a great relationship with Dr. Gregory Fuller and Southern Miss Choral Activities. It was an honor to be asked to perform as a part of the USM showcase. Our vocal majors work hard to become a part of the USM choral ensembles, and it is very exciting for them to have the opportunity to be the only non-USM group singing on the showcase concert at this conference. We have an exceptional group of performers this year, and we are looking forward to performing with the USM ensembles,” said Dr. Susan Smith.
The ensemble performed a jazz and a Renaissance song to demonstrate a variety of rehearsal techniques for the directors attending the conference. JC Voices was also invited to sing in the Southern Miss Showcase Concert on the first night of the conference. Additionally, USM clinicians worked with the group to demonstrate different approaches for teaching different styles of choral music.
“Twelve JCJC students participated in the actual conference, rehearsing with other community colleges from across the state and performing en masse at the conference, held at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi,” said Dr. Smith. “I was also very proud of four students, Hillary Smith, soprano, Leah Dueitt, alto, Brandon Harvell, tenor, and Daniel Coats, baritone, who were chosen to perform solo’s in the concert.”
Participating JCJC students included: Caitlyn Shows, Carriere; Demi Crosby, Laurel; Hillary Smith, Lucedale; Leah Dueitt, Neely; Amberly Hennig, Long Beach; Morgan Smith, Laurel; David Walker, Laurel; James Mahalak, Petal; Brandon Harvell, Eight Mile, AL; Gary Young, Ellisville; Daniel Coats, Taylorsville and Harlan Mapp, Hattiesburg.
Members of the JC Voices group in random order are: Ashley Adams, Laurel; Michael Clark, Ellisville; Wesley Ferrell, Long Beach; Elizabeth Hensarling, Patterson, CA; Emily Langley, Prentiss; James Mahalak, Petal; Haley Richardson, Laurel; Caitlyn Shows, Carriere; Hillary Smith, Lucedale; Karsten Smith, Hattiesburg; David Walker, Laurel; Courtney White, Columbia; Demi Crosby, Laurel; Leah Dueitt, Neely; Harlan Mapp, Hattiesburg; Gary Young, Ellisville; Daniel Coats, Taylorsville; Brandon Harvell, Eight Mile, AL; Lauren Howard, Hattiesburg and Morgan Smith, Laurel.