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Highlands Youth Ensemble performs

Highlands Youth Ensemble performs

Highlands Youth Ensemble holds fundraiser

January 28, 2023

Join the Highlands Youth Ensemble as they present their annual musical revue, “Classic Hits.” Favorite pop, country, Broadway, and some legends of American music are presented in this concert benefiting all the choirs of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy. There is also an online auction Feb. 5-9.

“You are not going to believe how great these kids are,” says Artistic Director Jane DeLoach Morison. “They are ready to entertain you with songs you know and love. And this year we have a great new twist for our host. Did you have a favorite disc jockey growing up? Well, get ready to have a new favorite.”

The concerts are held Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. at the Gregory Center at Milligan College and Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. on Barter Theatre’s Gilliam Stage. For tickets and online auction information, visit www.meccacademy.org/concerts.

The Highlands Youth Ensemble was founded by Artistic Director Emerita Beth Perkinson McCoy in 2002 as an outgrowth of the East Tennessee Children’s Choir. Since its founding, the Highlands Youth Ensemble has performed in Hungary in the International Chamber Choir competition (2006), in Greece at the Festival of the Aegean (2014), in Ireland (2018), and three times at Carnegie Hall (2006, 2010, 2016), including once as a featured ensemble. They were also chosen by audition to perform for the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Conference (2016). Auditions for the ensemble are held in the summer, and any high school singer from East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is eligible.