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Eight THS singers receive mid-state honors

Tullahoma High School recently had eight singers chosen to their respective honor choirs, with one student, Anne Duncan, being named an All-State selection.

Tullahoma had 19 students take part in these virtual auditions. Students had to prepare music selected by the Middle Tennessee Vocal Association Board. Freshmen were required to sing an English piece from the Renaissance Era, while 10-12th grade students auditioning for Mid-State sang two pieces in a foreign language. 

Those recordings were submitted in November. Five judges critiqued individual singers on their accuracy of pitch, rhythm, expression, language and musicality. Following the judges’ decisions, the results were announced in late December.

“Having such a high percentage of students in Honor Choir speaks highly of the dedication and hard work of the choir students,” said THS Music Director Melissa Hinds. “Our students had excellent scores across the board, even those that did not make an honor choir still auditioned well. I am very pleased with the progress of the singers throughout this process.”

Lauren Rogers, JosEllen Turrentine, Luke Yates and Duncan were all named to the Middle Tennessee Honor Choir. Rogers and Yates were chosen as All-State alternates, while Duncan was a fourth-chair All-State selection.

Tullahoma also saw four students make the Freshman Honor Choir. Those singers include Laila Cunningham, Abigail Grenier, Elizabeth Womack and Hannah Warta.

“Having students make an honor choir in their freshman year is so exciting,” Hinds said. “It speaks of dedication on the part of the singer, strong music education in the school system, and in many cases, it is an indicator of great success as an upperclassman.”

Both honor choirs will perform this month, with the Freshman Honor Choir taking the stage on Thursday, Jan. 20, at First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro. The All-Middle Tennessee Honor Choirs will perform on Friday, Jan. 28, at First Baptist Church in Nashville.

“To be named an honor choir is a testament to how hard each student has worked to accomplish this goal,” said TCS Director of Schools, Dr. Catherine Stephens. “Additionally, these honors speak high volumes about their director, Melissa Hinds, and the work she has done to prepare these students. This is such an exciting opportunity, and I congratulate these THS singers on their accomplishments.”

Both the All-state choir and band will meet for rehearsals during the final week in April at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Those concerts will take place on April 29 and April 30.

Will Rabb

Will Rabb

Will is a Middle Tennessee native having been born and raised in Winchester. His love of radio began as a child listening to local stations on the way to school or while falling asleep at night. After High School, where he was active in student media, he attended the University of Tennessee majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media while covering sports for the campus radio station. He then moved into the business professionally as a board op/producer for Cumulus of Knoxville and the Vol Network. His radio journey then took him to Louisiana where he was the lead producer for ESPN New Orleans. After returning home to Winchester, he spent several years broadcasting local sports for stations in Franklin County before joining the Bowman Family. When he’s not at the station, Will enjoys spending time with his wife Shaina and his two fur babies (Toulouse and Belle), cheering on the Vols, Preds and Saints and in the kitchen or behind the grill trying out new recipes.

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