Boyle choral groups perform for charity

October 27, 2003|GARY MOYERS

In a twist on the old adage about singing for your supper, the three choral groups from Boyle County schools sang for HUGS Sunday afternoon.

The HUGS in question is actually an acronym for "Hats, Underwear, Gloves, Socks," and attendees to the "We Are The Music" concert were asked to bring donation items as their price of admission. By the time the performance began, several collection boxes in the Boyle County High School lobby were full.

"It is definitely a charity event," said Boyle Choral Director Nancy Ward. "I work as director of music at a church in Lexington, and I actually stole the idea from them. We do a HUGS benefit there each year, and our choral students here in Boyle County loved the idea."

The donations made by the crowd that filled one complete side of the Boyle County High School gymnasium will be used to benefit needy children in Boyle County, Ward said.


"Two hundred students can affect a lot of lives," said Ward, in her first year teaching in Boyle County. "Our choral department has made HUGS a community service project, and the students have totally embraced it."

Sunday's performance featured 200 vocal students from three groups - sixth-graders, seventh-and-eighth-graders, and high school - and included selections ranging from classical to spiritual to patriotic. Soloist Brianne Marcum, an aspiring opera singer, drew a standing ovation from the crowd with her performance.

"The three groups practiced individually for this, but the actual performance was the first time all of them performed together," said Ward.

The finale brought together all three groups to perform what Ward called the theme song, "We Are The Music," and drew a prolonged standing ovation from the appreciative crowd.

Ward said the highlight of the evening, however, was the charitable spirit.

"All those donations in the boxes out front are why we're here today," she said. "The fact that we were able to show off all these wonderful voices is a bonus."

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