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Choral Arts Students Perform at Batte Center

CHS Choral Arts students perform at the Batte Center at Wingate University.

Cuthbertson High School choral arts students traveled with our choral director Janet Hall to Wingate University on October 9, 2013 to take part in the High School All County Chorus, a day of rehearsing and an evening performance at the Batte Center. The high school musicians brought to life “Gloria from 12th Mass” by Mozart among other choral selections. The repertoire ranged from classic to contemporary pieces in English and Latin as well as “Gate, Gate” by Brian Tate which included chant and singing in Sanskrit. Senior Devaun Diggs represented CHS as a featured soloist in a contemporary arrangement of the Latin mass text “Gloria” from Missa Kenya which was performed with African drums in a traditional spiritual style.

All County Chorus students were selected through an audition process. As members of the All County Chorus, they spent a day perfecting their craft with guest clinician Robert Waller of Asheville, formerly the choral director at Cane Creek Middle School for 17 years. Mr. Waller emphasized the importance of bringing together students from all over the county, not as rivals, but with a common purpose of creating music. He expressed the importance for the students of musical events such as this one in fostering unity and developing the senses. He told the students that they had all come together with the common purpose of “creating music” and the sheet music they were singing was just “black dots on a wood product (paper)” but it was up to them to “bring it alive”!

Gate, Gate
A setting of a Buddhist mantra
Gate gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha
Gone, gone, gone all the way over, everyone gone to the other shore, enlightenment, halleluia!

Written by: CHS Choral Arts Teacher Janet Hall
Posted: Oct 11, 2013 by Paula White

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