SUBMITTED BY ISU CHILDREN’S CHORUS
POCATELLO — Aubrey Jones, daughter of Peter and Elissa Jones in Pocatello, has been chosen to perform in the National Community Youth/Boy Honor Choir in Dallas. The choir is one of four honor choirs that will perform for the American Choral Directors Association National Conference on March 13-16.
The conference is attended by thousands of choral music educators across the United States.
During the conference, the delegates will attend the honor choir performances, workshop sessions, choral reading sessions, concert performances by dozens of school and community choirs and ensembles from around the world who must also audition to be part of the amazing week, and many other choral-related activities.
Last fall, ISU Children Chorus directors Becky Moore and Sarah Davids were excited to audition and send in recordings of several students in the choir (including Aubrey,) in hopes of being chosen for the national honor choir.
Out of thousands of students across the U.S., who sent in audition recordings for the honor choirs, Aubrey was chosen to be in the Community Youth/ Boy Honor Choir, and the only one to be chosen from the Pocatello choir.
Aubrey is a fourth-grader at Grace Lutheran School in Pocatello. She has been studying piano for four years. Aubrey also studies ballet at the Brindusa-Moore Dance Studio.
Aubrey and her mother, Elissa, will travel to Dallas on March 12. Elissa was also very instrumental in helping Aubrey be successful by helping with the audition recording and final paperwork. Elissa is her daughter’s voice coach andaccompanist.
As a music graduate of Utah State with a Choral Music Education, Elissa is still a member of the Handel Society of Dartmouth College Choir, which toured Italy this past December.
Aubrey and her family moved to Pocatello in July of last year from New Hampshire, where Aubrey and her sister Jessica participated in the Upper Valley Music Center Children’s Chorus in Hanover, N.H., under the direction of Becky Luce.
The Community Youth/Boy Honor Choir will be conducted by Dr. JamesLitton. Dr. Litton has conducted choral and orchestral works in five continents and regularly leads workshops and seminars in the United States and abroad.
After rehearsing for three solid days with Dr. Litton, the honor choir will perform on March 16 in the Landmark Ballroom in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas.
Other honor choirs performing on Saturday are the High School Mixed Honor Choir, The High School Women’s Honor Choir, and the Junior High/ Middle School Honor Choir.