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Seven members of the Tarleton State University Choirs have been selected through a national audition process to perform with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Men’s and Women’s Honor Choirs in Chicago March 8 through 13, 2011. Their performance will be the concluding highlight of the ACDA national convention before an audience of several thousand choral music educators from the United States and around the world.

More than 1,900 students auditioned nationally in hopes of being selected for a place in one of the 300 voice honor choirs. Seven Tarleton students auditioned, and all seven were selected.

“To be chosen to sing with such prestigious national choirs is an extremely high honor,” said Dr. Charles Rives, Director of Choirs. “Having Tarleton choir students recognized nationally for their hard work and dedication to music is something we all can be proud of.”

Rives also credits Dr. Iwao Asakura, Heather Hawk and Beth Saxe, the students’ voice instructors, for their selection among very tough competition.

Tarleton students honored are Erin Standifer of Bedford, Claire Goodman of Stephenville, Macie Unzicker of Keller, Whitney Warren of Seminole, Russell Justice of Weatherford, and Ruben Castenuela and Jake Kassen of Midlothian.

Dr. Lynne Gackle, associate director of choirs at Baylor University, will conduct the women’s choir and Dr. Peter Bagley, Professor Emeritus of Music and Special Assistant to the Dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut will conduct the men. Both conductors are held in the highest esteem by their colleagues throughout the United States.