Bradley County Honor Choir
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The third annual Bradley County Honor Choir will be in concert on Thursday.

The free community performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church sanctuary.

Ten students in fourth or fifth grades from each of the 11 county elementary schools will participate in the mass choir, under the direction of guest clinician Vincent Oakes.

Students in the honor choir include:

Black Fox — Kristin Rader, Kaity Strickland, Michaela Bidon, Ethan Gallaher, Taylor Webb, Angelica Zuniga, Nathaniel York, Amber Wallace, Chaeli Smith, Olivia Dye and Mackenzie Lineberry.

Charleston — Amanda Szidiropulosz, Coral May Collins, Rachel Peterson, Katie Hutt, Corbin Grannan, Vera Acebedo, Noah Spurgeon, McKenzie Decker, Madison Jaynes, Caiden Jenkins and Mikayla Gale.

Hopewell — Sarah Burris, Taylor Guyton, Ethan Bienvenu, Luke Anziano, Emily Eldridge, Jenifer Goins, Brooklyn Hughes, Sydney Judd, Grace Stone, Kaylee Ownby and Ashton Estrada.

Michigan Avenue — Cara Rogers, Maddie Davis, Sammy Bain, Chesney Bynum, Hannah Maddux, Cailey Carter, Eli Davis, Gage Peace, Chandler Miller, Emma Miles and Willow Cortes

North Lee — Sandy Donegan, Ashlynn Akiona, Avery Brokish, Ashlynn Burger, Scarlett Dotson, Ashley Eulo, Kaleigh Miller, Savannah Randolph, Joshua Satterfield, Madison Sherlin and Sidney Starr.

Oak Grove — Fredda Burton, Kayla Chastain, Landon Norman, Gabriela Bennett, Estee Ratcliff, Paige Frady, Jaylin Viviano, Baleigh Venegas, Macey Ledford, Elizabeth Shaw and Victoria Wooten.

Park View — Candice Atha, Jordan Mason, Isaac Buck, Joseph Jacobs, Camila Parson, Lauren Hullander, Ashlynn Torbett, Jasia Brooks, Tucker Garrett, Avery Collins and Violet Roe.

Prospect — Jayne Taylor, Destiny Crawley, Emma Bentley, Kaylee Parker, Carson Sears, Emilie Thompson, Kristen Edwards, Tomaya Lightfoot, Anna Suits, Gracie Turner and Brooke Kilgore.

Taylor — Leah Gilbert, Abigail Beasley, Felicity White, Nathan Rider, Ashley Burger, Emily Wyatt, Calli Elrod, Sydney Sims, Landon Litton, Alana Gregory and Kayli Howard.

Valley View — Kathryn Roman, Audurie Holt, Chase Hagler, Faith Bryson, Eric Mendenhall, Taylor Alloway, Josie McGill, Ellie James, Reed Jenkins, Bryan Hernandez and Ethan Brooks.

Waterville — Kassandra Beaudoin, Emma Evans, Olivvia Cheathem, Julia Staton, Titan Henley, Delaney Stone, Kevin Ulrich, Tori Thompson, Zoe Harden, Jackson Monroe and Etan Scoggins.

Oakes is in his 11th year as artistic director of the Chattanooga Boys Choir, a community organization with more than 150 boys from ages 8 to 18 in five separate ensembles.

He earned the bachelor of music education degree from the University of Florida and master of sacred music degree in choral conducting from Emory University.

Under his direction, the Chattanooga Boys Choir has taken performance tours throughout the world and United States.

Oakes has been a frequent choral clinician and guest conductor of honor and festival choirs, recent conducting engagements have included the Vocalizze Choral Festival in Portugal, the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program in Cuba, and choirs throughout the United States, including honor choirs in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Iowa, and North Carolina.

He has published articles and reviews in Choral Journal and written a chapter on working with children’s voices in the textbook “Choral Pedagogy” (3rd edition, 2013) by Robert Sataloff and Brenda Smith.

Oakes is also the director of Choral Music at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, where he conducts four student ensembles and the faculty choir.

In 2013, he started a chorus of Chattanooga-area music educators to raise awareness of the importance of music and arts education in the Tennessee Valley region.

The Bradley County Honor Choir is designed to enrich the lives of participating students by preparing the mind and body to make music through rehearsal and performance of high quality literature.

Bradley County elementary supervisor Sheena Newman, presented the idea of an all-county chorus in 2011.

“My desire is for all children to have the opportunity to experience and actively engage in music,” stated Newman.

The program on Thursday, influenced by a traditional spiritual theme of treble choral selections, includes “I’m Gonna Sing with Over My Head” arranged by Terry Taylor, “This Little Light of Mine” arranged by Ken Berg and accompanied by cellist Kristiana Mccombs, “Yonder Come Day” arranged by Judith Cook Tucker, and “I Hear America Singing” by Andre J. Thomas.

Additional selections include a traditional folk song, “A Distant Shore” (with The Water is Wide) arranged by Mary Donnelly and George L. O. Strid and Vivaldi’s “Esurientes Implevit Bonis” edited by Marie Stultz.

Bradley County Honor Choir will be accompanied on piano by Merry Lee Wilson.

Wilson holds a bachelor of music degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and the master of music from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

She was an elementary music specialist for 26 years in several school districts in Texas and Tennessee. She was accompanist for the Chattanooga Boys Choir for 12 years.

She has served as an accompanist for the Vocal Music Department at Lee University for the last five years.

Lee is organist at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Dalton, Ga., and accompanist for Chorus Peregrinus"(a community choir) also based in Dalton.

The community is invited to enjoy an evening of wonderful choral music. Donations will be accepted at the door.