Andrew Fleeman, Manila High School junior, has been accepted to sing with the National Choir. Fleeman has been a choir student at Manila since the seventh grade.
(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
The 2009 American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) Convention will mark the 50th anniversary of the organization. This fall ACDA held auditions for a National Junior High Honor Choir and a National Senior High Honor Choir.
Three students from Manila sent in audition tapes with over 1,400 sent from across the nation.
To qualify for the choir, students had to sing one to two minutes of an art song or aria, a cappella scales, and the song America a cappella.
Only 325 students were chosen to sing in the ACDA National High School Honor Choir.
Andrew was originally sent a rejection letter, but on Monday, Nov. 10, he received a telephone call from ACDA informing him he had been placed on the wrong mailing list and had actually made the choir.
Fleeman has had three choir directors since the seventh grade, Matthew Sheets, Misty Humway, and currently Graham.
Mrs. Graham, a member of ACDA, informed Fleeman of the ACDA Choir and asked him if he would like to audition.
Now that Fleeman has been accepted into the Honor Choir, he will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla., on March 3 and rehearse with the other students from around the country. They will perform a concert on March 7. There will be choirs and choir directors from around the United States and other countries at this conference.
"It is a great honor and opportunity for Andrew to be selected and to represent Manila," Graham said.
Fleeman said he is looking forward to the honor of being part of the National Honor Choir.
In addition to singing, he also plays the guitar, keyboard and piano. He is a member of a Christian rock band, Kismet, which stands for fate or destiny.