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Choir back at WCHS after decades-long absence

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas, at least it is in the halls of Warren County High School where the vocal music class can be heard preparing for the Christmas season.
The WCHS choir will be performing on Tuesday, Dec. 4, downtown during Christmas in the Park and again on Monday, Dec. 11, at the WCHS Pioneer Band’s Christmas Concert at the high school.
The choir will be singing musical selections including “Christmas ... In About Three Minutes,” “Believe,” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”
Vocal music is offered for the first time at WCHS since the early 1980s. Music teacher Kennette Dixon is glad it’s back.
“I love it,” said Dixon. “This group is so creative and fun. They also have such a fun-loving, music-loving attitude.”
She said the students will be able to take the class all four years of high school if they desire.
Senior Christina Simmons wishes the vocal music class would have been offered all four years of her time in high school.
“I love to sing and I want to major in music in college,” said Simmons. “I want to be a choir teacher. Mrs. Dixon is the best. I’m very glad I could take this class this year. I wish I could have had more.”
Erica Dixon is the lead singer in the band Beautiful Violence. “We currently sing downtown. I enjoy singing. I wanted to stretch my vocal chords to see how big I can sound. I love this class,” she said.
Glenna Beaty sings as a talent in many of the pageants she is in. “I thought this class would help me improve. I think it’s great we have a vocal music class,” said Beaty.
“Singing is my passion,” said Summer Forsythe. “I always want to improve any way I can. I love it. I plan on taking it next year. I sing in talent shows and would like to find more places I can sing.”
In becoming a music teacher, Dixon graduated from Belmont University with a degree in piano pedagogy. She taught elementary school music for three years when she lived out of state. This is her first year teaching at her alma mater.


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