By Jeannie Fox
For The Loris Scene
Four talented students from Loris High School recently participated in the 2014 All-State Choral Clinic held at Winthrop University. The clinic was a three day event that included music workshops with a well-qualified clinician, and a public concert.
Students were selected in November to attend the fun-filled weekend of learning during tryouts held in Columbia. Thirteen students from Loris High School auditioned, with four earning spots in the state-wide honor choir. The LHS students named to the advanced ensemble earlier this school year were Vincent Bianculli, Henry Harrelson, Sandra Holmes and Brook Huggins.
This was the first time at All-State for all four students. Since they are all seniors, it was also their last. Though it was bittersweet, the students all say they had a great time, and the clinic was an experience for them like no other.
Bianculli is the 17-year-old son of Vincent and Kathy Bianculli. The tenor singer said his favorite part of the clinic was the long rehearsals. “It was amazing to hear how a well-trained choir can perfect a piece of music in such a short time,” he said. “The most memorable part of the experience was the opportunity to sing with so many great singers.”
Bianculli added that his favorite piece from the weekend was the opening number, “Qui Sedes,” because of the amazing harmonies. He also really enjoyed the choir’s fun, upbeat performance of “John the Revelator” and said it was an audience favorite.
Harrelson sings bass and is the 17-year-old son of Pam and Clay Harrelson. He says he really enjoyed the men’s choir director, and the instruction he provided throughout the weekend. He said his favorite song from the weekend was “Go Where I Send Thee,” and that “overall, All-State was an incredible experience.”
Holmes is the 17-year-old daughter of Angela and Charles Holmes. She sings alto and chose “Bloom” as her favorite song performed at the concert. Her favorite part of the experience was the way the schedule was set to allow time for the singers to be great in rehearsal. “The time we got to spend together was priceless,” she said. “I feel like we all got closer, including our chaperones and Mrs. Scarlet.”
Huggins is the 17-year-old daughter of Karen Huggins. The alto 1 said her favorite part of the clinic was “learning how to blend with other voice parts to make the music as beautiful as possible.” She said, “everyone there had a great voice, and it was amazing to hear the music we made.” Huggins’ favorite song performed was “No Time.” “To me, the song is about my limited time left on earth,” she said. “It’s a reminder I will soon be with God with no more troubles.
LHS choral director Scarlet Whittington confirmed that it was an incredible weekend for everyone. “Competing at the state level is tough,” she said. “The opportunity to participate and perform in the All-State clinic and concert is the payoff.”
Whittington claims the honor choir events, such as this, that she participated in while she was in school were a large part of what inspired her to become a music teacher. “I know from my own experience,” she said, “this is something the students will take with them and remember forever.”