Students entertain at in harmony #29

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Choral music students from Beddingfield, Fike and Hunt choruses are preparing to entertain at the upcoming in harmony #29. Musical numbers such as “Dancing Queen,” “Splish Splash,” “Boogie Shoes” and “Beat It” are just a few pop songs the audience will hear.

The in harmony #29 performance will be held on Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Fike High School.

Admission for in harmony is $10 for adults and $5 for students in grades K-12. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased by calling 252-281-6931 or emailing the Wilson Education Partnership office at rwilliams@wilsonedpartnership.com. Tickets will also be available at each of the high schools.

The performance will showcase more than 350 high school students singing and dancing together. The show name, in harmony, reflects students singing in four-part harmony and as a unified choir, said Robin Williams, executive director of WEP. Student accompanists join with their musical talents, providing a live back-up band.

WEP welcomes, for the first time, guest choreographer Amanda Bennett. She graduated from Beddingfield High School and Meredith College with a Bachelor of Arts in dance and a concentration in private studio teaching and has a K-12 N.C. dance licensure for public school instruction.

In 2007, Bennett pioneered the dance program at Hunt High School and served as the director there for three years. In 2010 she led her students to perform at the 2010 Orange Bowl in Miami, choreographed by Chris Judd. In 2013 she graduated magna cum laude from The College at Brockport, SUNY in Brockport, New York, with a Master of Fine arts in dance performance and choreography.

While at Brockport she served in the position of graduate teaching assistant, production assistant and was president of the Brockport Chapter of the National Dance Education Organization.

She has performed extensively on the East Coast and has presented dance research in Rochester, New York City and North Carolina.

In 2016 she returned to teach dance at Hunt. Bennett is interested in the art of dance in every aspect — from arts advocacy to dance scholarship and research — but her true passion lies in the field of dance education.

Choral instruction and preparation for in harmony is coordinated at the schools by teacher musicians Luke Hancock at Beddingfield, Kathy Sherrod at Fike and Andrew Childers at Hunt.

in harmony #29 is supported by a grant from the Arts Council of Wilson through the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

For more information, call Williams at 252-281-6931 or email her at rwilliams@wilsonedpartnership.com.