St. Mary School music program has strong year

The music program at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge had a banner year in 2015-16 as students were recognized for their talents by selection in multiple honor choirs.

St. Mary students Elizabeth Brands, Sophie Sherlock, and Gabriella Wilkerson were selected to participate in the 2016 Tennessee Treble Honor Choir. The singers sang under the direction of Dr. Derrick Fox, assistant professor of choral music education and choral conducting in the Ithaca College School of Music.

St. Mary students also participated in the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Honor Choir in Chattanooga March 9-11.

Eighth-grader Marigrace Tidwell was one of eight students chosen to sing in the Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir from Tennessee and the only singer from East Tennessee. Seventh-grader Anna Kasemir was one of 18 students chosen to sing in the Treble Honor Choir from Tennessee and one of two from East Tennessee.

St. Mary School participated in the East Tennessee Vocal Association Honor Choir event held in Chattanooga. The All-East Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir was made up of more than 275 advanced seventh- and eighth-grade vocal students from 29 East Tennessee schools. ■

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