January 31, 2020
Walton County School District Elementary and Secondary Choral music students presented the 3rd Annual All-County Choral Concert on Saturday, January 25, at the beautiful Freeport Auditorium. 10 school choral programs came together to form the All-County Elementary Chorus, All-County Middle School Chorus, and All-County High School Chorus, for a total of over 170 singers in performance! Congratulations to all the participating students on a moving and musical performance!
Elementary Clinician, Michelle Tredway, has taught at all levels K-12, plus college, and is currently the choral director at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville, Florida. Mrs. Tredway has taught ten years in elementary schools, twelve years in middle schools, two years in high schools, and eight years as a professor in a small central Florida college. Her choirs have consistently received the top rating of Superior at the Florida Educators District Music Performance Assessments, and she currently serves as the FVA District 1 chairman. Choirs under her direction have also been named Choirs of Distinction by the Florida Vocal Association.
Middle School Clinician, Joy Tyner, has taught public school choral music education for 22 years, and is currently teaching both choral music and Exceptional Student Education at Thomas L. Sims Middle School in Pace, Florida. In its fourth year, the choral program at Sims has grown from 90 singers to 220. Mrs. Tyner has served as a music therapist in a residential setting for mentally and physically disabled and has taught piano in her private studio. She served as District Chair for Florida Vocal Association’s District 1 and earned her National Board Certification in Adolescent Music.
High School Clinician, Caroline Ireland, is the 2020 Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year and the choral director at Navarre High School, Navarre, Florida. Since 2010 her choral program of 200 students has received superior ratings at both the Florida Vocal Association District and State Music Performance Festivals. Four of her choirs received the prestigious “Choir of Distinction” award presented by the Florida Vocal Association.Throughout her tenure at Navarre High School, she has served as the District Chairman for the Florida Vocal Association and has conducted Honor Choirs in Okaloosa and Duval County.
Students were selected at their individual school sites, and came together as a group for a total of 5 hours over two sessions, performing repertoire selected by clinicians. All three choruses combined on stage for a closing Finale piece conducted by Walton County Fine Arts Coordinator, Keitha Bledsoe.
Thanks to our wonderful clinicians for their time and expert preparation of the All-County repertoire, and for sharing their passion for music with our students!
Thanks to music educators William Goodman, Mossy Head Elementary; Cathy Drake, Maude Saunders Elementary; Nathan Hight, West DeFuniak Elementary; Angela Saltsman, Freeport Elementary; Daniel Browne, Van R. Butler Elementary; Corrie Sober, Dune Lakes Elementary; Lona Robinson, Walton Middle School and Walton High School; Susan Behrens, Freeport Middle School and Freeport High School.
Congratulations to these amazing students on a phenomenal performance