The concerts were presented Saturday in the Tivoli Theatre.
Benjamin is a sophomore at Cleveland High School. He has been active in many organizations at Cleveland High, including drama productions, Interact and Anchor clubs, Model UN, Renaissance, football, Beta Club and others.
He will spend his junior year as an outbound Rotary Exchange student, studying in Taiwan.
Benjamin was also in the All-East Freshman Honor Choir during his first year at CHS. He is following in a family tradition, since both of his older sisters were also in All-State Choir and All-State Orchestra.
Tennessee All-State is sponsored by the Tennessee Music Education Association, the parent organization of East Tennessee Vocal Association, West Tennessee Music Educators Association and Middle Tennessee Vocal Association.
Guest clinicians for this year’s All-State Choirs were:
— SATB Chorus: Dr. Craig Arnold, Manhattan School of Music.
— Women’s Chorale: Eleanor Daley, Fairlawn Avenue United Church, Toronto, Canada.
— Men’s Chorus: Dr. Richard Bjella, Texas Tech University Bloomington.
Benjamin sang in the Men’s Chorus, and the works performed included “Confirma hoc, Deus” (Handl), “Miserere Mei, Deus” (Allegri), “Jing ga Lye ya” (Sled), “Idumea” (Bjella), “Fergus and Molly” (Vijay Singh), “Loch Lomond” (arr. Quick), “Bawo Thixo Somandla” (arr. Nyamezele), and “Joshua Fit the Battle” (arr. Ames).
He was also one of the dancers for Bawo Thixo Somandla.
The mission of the East Tennessee Vocal Association is dedicated to advancing the cause of music education in general and choral music in particular in public and private schools in East Tennessee.
ETVA is affiliated with the Tennessee Music Education Association and the National Association for Music Education.
Many members are also affiliated with the American Choral Directors Association.The All-East/All-State auditions, held in September, are the first step for admission into the All-East and All-State Choruses for students in grades 10-12.
The All-East Workshop and concerts were held on the campus of Maryville College.
Only those with the highest scores from the three regions of the state may progress on to All-State.
The auditions provide an opportunity for students to distinguish themselves in a private audition and are good practice for future scholarship and college-entrance auditions.
The auditions also include a sight-reading component. Allison Sharp accompanied the Men’s Chorus, and coincidentally, she had previously accompanied in the voice studio of Karen Dale (Benjamin’s mother) at Union University in Jackson.