December 1-- Congratulations to Luke Stinnett, a low bass singer from the Vidalia High School “Indian Express” Show Choir, who performed Tuesday night as a member of the prestigious All-National Honor Ensemble Mixed Choir.
Luke, pictured with Vidalia choir director John Morgan, is the son of Eric and Michelle Stinnett of Vidalia, is a sophomore choral student at VCHS, and a 2017 All-State Chorus member.
While All-State Chorus is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), it is GMEA’s parent organization, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) that sponsors the All-National Honor Chorus. Because Stinnett made All-State Chorus, performing with that elite group in February of 2017, he was eligible to audition for All-National Honor Chorus.
Luke auditioned digitally in May, sending in an uncut video of his singing, performing the try-out’s required choral literature. He and his choral director, John Morgan, were notified in July that Luke had been awarded membership in the National Honor Choir. Luke is the second student from Vidalia City Schools to make All-Nationals, following Taylor Mosley’s membership in 2015.
In the entire 280-member NAfME choir, 49 states were represented. Only 35 low basses from across the nation were awarded membership in the 2017 choir. Georgia public and private schools had fifteen representatives in the choir, placing Stinnett among the finest choral singers in the state and the nation.
These students came together Sunday in Orlando for the first time. Each student and their local choral director had already prepared the musical selections for the concert. The students then endured many hours of rehearsals with the group, but also took time to enjoy Disney Parks to unwind after rehearsals.
The culminating concert of the All-National Chorus was at Walt Disney’s Coronado Resort Theater, commanding long ovations from the thousands in attendance.
Luke sang under the baton of world-renowned conductor Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, Director of Choral Activities at Oklahoma State University, performing difficult choral works by Mozart, O’Regan, Stroope, Hughes, Brumfield, and Berg.
Congratulations to Luke Stinnett and to John Morgan, Choral Director at Vidalia Comprehensive High School.