First ever Southern West Virginia Regional Honor Choir will be hosted right here in Oak Hill

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY)- Oak Hill High School will host the first-ever Southern West Virginia Regional Honor Choir.

Select students from Greenbrier East, Greenbrier West, Chapmanville Regional, and Oak Hill High School will be performing in this show.

The director of choirs at Oak Hill High School explains what type of music the audience can expect

“It’s a variety of music, so we’re doing some traditional core repertoire, including a piece in Russia, a capella,” explained Joseph Dangerfield, OHHS choir director. “We’re doing a piece by a living composer that’s a round like ‘Row Row Row Your Boat,’  but a little more complicated, using text from Victor Hugo. There is a spiritual that they’re singing to, as well as this song playing right now, ‘All of Me’ by American composer Kyle Peterson.”

Students gathered at Oak Hill High School Thursday and Friday to rehearse as an ensemble with their guest clinician and conductor. This year is Dr. Kym Scott, the professor of choirs at WVU, will be the conductor for an intensive two days of music making.

On top of the guest conductor, they have a local middle schooler playing the violin for one of the pieces. Students have been practicing their pieces before the full ensemble rehearsal so they can hit the ground running.

“So we’ve really learned this music and we wanted to really know the music so that we could help other people,” said Amelia Bennett, a student participant from OHHS. “But honestly, it seems like everybody’s been really working on their music and everybody’s been really prepared, knowing the music so that we can work on the details with the director.”

The show will be on Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m. and tickets will be $5. So if you want to support local high school performing arts, then go watch the first-ever Southern WV Regional Choir.

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