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Cedar Creek Middle School students earn spots in state honors chorus

Two students at Cedar Creek Middle School were recently selected to participate in the North Carolina Middle School Honors Chorus Concert.

After auditioning for the honor against 800 students from across North Carolina, Ayden Clegg, 7th Grade, and Andrew Grissom, 8th Grade, were chosen to participate in the event, which took place on November 10th during the North Carolina Music Educators' Association Conference in Winston-Salem.

"Students across the state had to audition in front of a judge and students were rated on their vocal quality, knowledge of music, and their ability to sing a piece of music they've never seen before,” said Ted Willis, chorus teacher at Cedar Creek Middle School. “Students with the highest scores were selected. This is a great honor for Ayden and Andrew, and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”

But Ayden and Andrew were not the only students to audition. Both Mr. Willis and Ms. Ellie Cain, chorus teacher at Bunn Middle School, took a select number of students to the audition. The rehearsal process was rigorous; students had to stay after school a couple of days each week to rehearse the music, in addition to working on it at home in their own time. "Once we got notification that the students were selected, there were even more rehearsals to prepare that music as well."

As a former member of the middle school honors chorus back in 1993-95, Mr. Willis attests to the personal benefits of this opportunity. "Being selected for the honors chorus when I was in middle school is a joy that I still carry with me. It gave me the confidence to become a better musician, and ultimately led me to my career choice."

Two middle school students flank their chorus teacher

(Left to right): Ayden Clegg, Mr. Willis, Andrew Grissom.