The annual Kentucky-Tennessee Conference Music Festival was held March 13-15 on the campus of Highland Academy. The purpose of this festival is to provide students an opportunity to expand their musical skills in cooperation with experienced musicians for the purpose of inspiring spiritual growth and enhancing cultural development. The festival features grade 5-8 choir, grade 9-12 choir, concert band, and string ensemble. Each performing group rehearses Thursday afternoon and most all of Friday for two concerts; a sacred concert Friday evening and a secular concert Saturday evening. Each evening the program concluded with all four groups participating together with a combined piece, “All the Glory Belongs to Jesus”.
This year’s clinicians were Benjamin Gish, Walla Walla Academy, Walla Walla, Wash., directed the string ensemble; Byron Graves, Andrews Academy, Berrien Springs, Mich., directed the band; Robert Malin, South Lancaster, Mass., directed 5-8 choir; and Waldemar Wensell, Madison Academy, Madison, Tenn., directed the 9-12 choir.
Thirteen KY-TN Conference schools sent students to the festival along with homeschool students, public school students, and participants from an academy in Illinois for a total of 327 students.
For many of the students, this was their first opportunity to sing in a large choir or play in an instrumental ensemble. Students travelling from outside the metropolitan Nashville area were housed in the Highland Academy dormitories. Rehearsals were held all over the academy campus, including Highland Elementary School. Highland Church also opened its doors for sacred repertoire rehearsals. On Sabbath, the Highland Church hosted Sabbath services, an afternoon chamber concert, and vespers provided by the clinicians.
—BY ELAINE WILL