Hough Chorus

Several students in the Hough chorus program were selected for the Mars Hill College Choral Festival earlier this year.

1. It’s at Davidson College Presbyterian Church

The roughly 150 members of the Hough High School Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the DCPC sanctuary for "Sing into Spring." Though members of the various choral groups have performed throughout the state in the last year, this is the first time the department has performed at the church, 101 N. Main St. in Davidson. Directed by chorus teacher Heidi Hickox-Gordon, the concert will feature Hough’s Chorus I, Chorus II, Concert Choir and Women’s Chamber Singers.

2. There will be classic American favorites

The show opens with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and Hickox-Gordon calls much of the performance “traditional choral repertoire.” Hough will perform “Camp Town Races” and “Old Susanna” – “those oldies but goodies that people don’t sing anymore,” she said, but will also perform Latin numbers. Many of the works come from American composers Randall Thompson and Stephen Foster, the latter known as “the father of American music.” Despite the folk nature of many of the songs, the chorus will be in formal attire.

3. Patrick McCarthy is accompanying on piano

McCarthy is the director of the Lake Norman Singers youth choir, of which some of the Hough students also participate. The Hough jazz band and orchestra performed in downtown Davidson for Christmas in Davidson, so now it’s the chorus’ turn, to serve as an unofficial prelude to the town’s April is for Arts events. “We’re out and about doing things all the time,” Hickox-Gordon said. “I think it’s important that people know who we are, and that’s part of their job as students is to advocate for the arts and music.”

4. The chorus is award-winning

The “Howlin’ Huskies” Show Choir won the state’s Western Region Show Choir Championship in 2015, 2016 and 2017, as well as the NCASA State Show Choir Championship in 2017 and 2018. As part of the 2017 and 2018 competition seasons, the group was awarded Best Group Vocals, Best Female Vocalist and Best Group Choreography. Despite its accolades, the Show Choir will not perform as a group at the April 25 show. “We’re not going to sing and dance and twirl around at church,” Hickox-Gordon said. The performance is free to attend.


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