County’s Top Student-singers Participate in Elite Chorus Festival

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Eight high school chorus students from Cleveland County recently participated in the 70th Annual J. Elwood Roberts/Mars Hill University Choral Festival. Students were selected by audition to attend the festival. 

“This experience gave students the opportunity to work with Dr. Brad Holmes, director of choral activities at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and to sing with 300 other high school choral students throughout North Carolina,” said Sarah Fulton, choral director at Kings Mountain High.

2018 Participants Include the following:

  • Ajasinee Houston, Shelby High School, Director Traci Alderholdt
  • Skylar Smith, Kings Mountain High School, Director Sarah Fulton
  • Paloma Dettloff, Kings Mountain High School
  • Rachel Harris, Crest High School, Director Megan Philbeck
  • Makayla McCurry, Kings Mountain High
  • D’Asia Seright, Kings Mountain High
  • Jaheem Scott, Burns High School,  Director Alyssa Gillikin
  • Lee Page, Kings Mountain High School

About the Festival
The J. Elwood Roberts/Mars Hill University Choral Festival was established in 1949 by the late J. Elwood Roberts as an effort to improve choral music in the high schools of western North Carolina. Each year more than 700 students from approximately 100 high schools audition for the Festival Choir and only the top 350 are accepted.

Greg Shull