CCC Singers Selected for 105 Voices of History National Choir
CLARKSDALE – Following rigorous auditions, two members of Coahoma Community College’s concert choir will be singing in the prestigious Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington next week as members of the 105 Voices of History HBCU National Choir.
The CCC sophomores: Tierra Washington and Quintarus Gardner, both of Clarksdale, also will be performing later in the year at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
While in Washington, the students who have been preparing for the concert with rehearsals at Jackson State, Alcorn, Stillman, and Tennessee State University, will be treated to special tours and introductions.
“The criteria for selection was extremely tough this year,” says Kelvin Towers, director of CCC’s choral music department.
“Most of the students auditioning were voice majors, and most schools are represented by only one singer,” he continued with a smile. “It’s unusual to have two selected.”
Washington, who has been singing in her church choir at Rise Again M. B. Church pastored by her grandfather since she was 10, is a psychology major. A football cheerleader, she wants to become a counselor following graduation from Ole Miss.
Gardner, a tenor and a member of the Men’s Ensemble, says he likes all kind of music. He started singing in his church choir when he was four or five years old. Following graduation from Coahoma, he also plans to attend the University of Mississippi.