Four students from West Virginia University at Parkersburg represented the college at the West Virginia American Choral Directors Association (WV-ACDA) Collegiate Honor Choir on Jan. 27 at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, W.Va.
WVU Parkersburg students Tara Elms, Austin Fields, Taylor Spade and Luke Snyder were among those selected from colleges and universities across the state to sing at the annual performance.
The choral performance was conducted by Dr. Brett Scott, professor of music and conductor for the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
“This event is representative of the best student singers West Virginia has to offer,” said Austin Fields. “Personally, I find that being surrounded by so many talented individuals’ aids in the musical development of everyone involved.”
H. G. Young, professor of music in the Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences Division and choral director at WVU Parkersburg, shared similar sentiments about the opportunity.
“It is always a wonderful experience for our students to sing outstanding choral repertoire with the very best singers from colleges and universities across the state under such a distinguished guest conductor,” said Young. “We’ve been fortunate to have many talented students, as our college has been represented in every WV-ACDA Collegiate Honor Choir since its beginning more than twenty years ago.”
The WV-ACDA also hosted choral performances by their Jr/Middle School Honor Choir and All-State High School Chamber Choir the same day. According to Young, those selected represent top singers at each grade level from throughout the state.