Two students from Appling County Middle School choral department were selected from choral students across the state to participate in the 2011 GMEA All-State Middle School Treble Chorus. Students from choral departments throughout the state auditioned for a chance to participate in the all-state choir. The audition included: solo, sight reading, scales and a written and aural music theory test. From this audition the students were selected to the second round of auditions, which includes passing off six choral pieces. Morgan Brantley and Ashton Davis passed both auditions and were selected to participate in the Middle School Treble Chorus.
The students traveled to Savannah where they met with approximately 1,000 students from grades seven to twelfth to rehearse in the Savannah Civic Center. The students were broken into six different choirs: Middle School Treble and Mixed, Intermediate Mixed, Senior Women, Senior Men and Senior Mixed. They rehearsed for two days, which culminated in a performance at the Savannah Civic Center Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 26 to a packed auditorium.
Morgan and Ashton were under the direction of Dr. Sharon Paul. Dr. Paul is a professor of music, chair of vocal and choral studies, and director of choral activities at the University of Oregon. She earned her D.M.A. in choral conducting from Stanford University, an M.F.A. in conducting and performance practice from UCLA, and a B.A. in music from Pomona College. From 1984-1992, Paul served as director of choral activities at California State University, Chico, where she directed a large choral program and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, choral literature, and the humanities. In 1991, Paul was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award at CSU, Chico. Dr. Paul served as artistic director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus and conductor of Chorissima and Virtuose, the organization’s acclaimed performance ensembles, from 1992 to July 2000.