B-U Soundwaves named state honor choir


TENNERTON — Buckhannon-Upshur High School’s choir, the B-U Soundwaves, was selected as the state honor choir.

Choirs can apply to be the state honor choir by sending in recordings from three separate pieces which were adjudicated from people across the country, according to director Jeremiah Smallridge.

“We were very, very happy,” Smallridge said. “Surprised and happy. The kids have worked really hard and it’s really great.”

The choir recently received the judges scores and remarks  and learned they scored just over 93 percent out of 100.

“They commented on the blend of the choir, the beauty of the sound and gave some ideas on improving some things as well,” he said. “We are going to keep building on what we have.”

The B-U Soundwaves submitted “Requiem,” which is a piece that deals with the aftermath of flooding, an acapella arrangement of “It is Well with My Soul” and a French piece entitled “Dirait-on.”

As the state honor choir, the B-U Soundwaves will perform in Charleston for the West Virginia Music Educators Conference,where they will be heard by all the music teachers and the all-state choir students.

Smallridge said the choir is narrowing down their song choices to perform and also fundraising to prepare.

The B-U Soundwaves will perform Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at Chapel Hill UMC. Admission is $5 and will help fund the trip to Charleston and other upcoming events.

Smallridge said he wanted to think Sharon Walton who is accompanying the choir on the piano for the local and Charleston concert.

Several of the B-U Soundwaves have been recognized at the state and national level this school year.

Eight members, the highest number a school can have, will perform in the All-State Choir. They are Iris Kolenich, Jenna Kennedy, Chelsea Humphrey, Star Winemiller, Sean Crites, Kalen Harley, Kason Currence and Hunter Hymes.

Crites and Kennedy also represented B-U in the All-State Chamber Choir in January. Elizabeth O’Neill, Lexus Coffman, Patrick O’Neill and Richard Williams performed with the All-State Junior High Choir.

In November, Crites performed with the All-National Choir. Crites was also selected for the state solo ensemble concert which will also happen at the conference.

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