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Berry MS Sixth Choir Choir Shines at A.M.E.A.

  Berry M.S. Sixth Grade Choir
Berry M.S. Sixth Grade Choir

15-Feb-2017 (BMS) - Berry Middle School’s Sixth Grade Choir represented Hoover City Schools in grand fashion this past January by showcasing its musical magic at the 2017 Alabama Music Educators Association (A.M.E.A.) In-Service Conference in Montgomery. 

The 35-member choir, led by music teacher Mrs. Rachel Smith, performed a number of pieces including “In Dulci Jublio;” “O Magnum Mysterium;” “Animal Imagination;” and more. Performance at the A.M.E.A. was by invitation-only and represented a great learning experience for these young performers.

It is very rare for a Sixth Grade Choir to be slated for a concert of this magnitude, simply because these 35 singers have not sung together prior to this year. It is a testament to the solid musical foundation that they are receiving in our elementary feeder schools that helped prepare them to be successful,” Smith said.

Berry’s choir hit the ground running in August learning all-new literature in a variety of styles and languages. The appearance at A.M.E.A. was Smith’s first time to have an ensemble perform at a statewide conference.

“I’m was amazed at the work ethic and drive of these young people - they were so exited to share their music with everyone at the conference! You could see their love of singing by the smiles on their faces during the concert,” Smith said.

The annual A.M.E.A. Conference offers professional development for choir directors, band directors, classroom educators, administrators - virtually anyone involved in music education. The 2017 Conference featured more than 90 different sessions and performances.

“With leadership from their director and support from their parents, these talented musicians have demonstrated their commitment to excellence. We are very proud for them to represent Hoover City Schools and our community,” Superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy said.

Berry Middle School’s Sixth Grade Choir stands as the youngest performing ensemble at Berry Middle School, Hoover City Schools’ largest middle school. Under the direction of Mrs. Smith, this choir has received numerous awards and accolades including the Distinguished Muscianship Award at the State Choral Performance Assessment (2016, 2015). Additionally, the Choir has received a bevy of Superior and Excellent rankings at festivals across the Southeast.

Now in her fourth year as Choral Director at Berry Middle School, Rachel Smith directs choirs for sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. She also serves as the director of the school’s show choir - the Berry Singers. Prior to Hoover City Schools, Smith worked for Jefferson County Schools, where she earned several awards including being named Pinson Valley High School’s 2012 Teacher of the Year. Outside of school hours, Smith contributes to her profession in a number of capacities including

The Alabama Music Educators Association is the largest community of professional music educators in the state. Membership is open to all public, private, and post-secondary music educators as well as private teachers. The AMEA works with local administrators and elected officials in Montgomery and beyond, to ensure access to the best possible school music programs and advance music education as a profession.

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