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Fields further discovering voice in state honors chorus

BEAR CREEK — The musical footprint of Chatham County Schools (CCS) expands with Chatham Central High School senior Addie Fields earning a spot in the North Carolina High School Honors Chorus. She’ll lift her voice with the group when it performs Nov. 10 at the North Carolina Music Educators Conference in Winston-Salem. 

“It's been a very long time since Chatham County Schools had representation in this event,” CCS lead arts teacher Sharon Allen said.

“It’s so hard to get in. It’s really hard to get in,” Fields said. 

“Not only was Addie selected but her audition score was one of the highest in the state,” Allen said. Addie Fields

"She was the fourth-highest score in the Soprano 2 section," Chatham Central choral director Megan Clark said. “This is a huge deal.”

It further establishes CCS as a school system where the arts are thriving. 

During the 2018-19 school year, CCS received a Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit organization supported in part by the NAMM National Association of Music Merchants. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public-service programs. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to school districts demonstrating outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. CCS measured up in terms of funding, graduation requirements, participation in music classes, instructional time, facilities and support for music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Fields recalled singing with the chorus club at Bonlee School and growing musically in the band there under the direction of David Clark, who oversees music education at the school. 

At Chatham Central, Fields said she sang the national anthem during a pep rally, and that led to her singing it before baseball games at the school, then football games, basketball games. 

“It helped me a lot,” said Fields, who shared her plan to study music education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in order to become a high school chorus teacher. 

Published Oct. 31, 2019