For Beaufort High Voices, the tradition continues

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By Olivia Durbin

The 2013-2014 school year marks the ten-year anniversary of the Beaufort High School Voices choral program. Begun by director Victor Varner in 2003, this program has developed into a national award-winning group.

P048PAAGStudents involved in the Voices program participate in both a winter and spring concert each year, fundraise for local and national competitions, and audition for the South Carolina All State Choir. When asked about their experiences in the program, former students of Mr. Varner commented on the importance it had on their high school careers.

“Diversity. We brought in all walks of life: football players, introverts, impoverished people, and made a family,” said Thomas Huskey, class of 2007.

“(There was) friendship and a feeling of belonging to something excellent with great people,” said Jake Parker, class of 2007.

When Mr. Varner retired in 2011, Ms. Jordan Norris took over as director. Under her direction, Voices has won local competitions, as well as first place gold in a national competition in Washington, D.C.

For their spring concert, the Voices will be celebrating the ten-year reunion of the program. The first set of the show will include ten songs — one song chosen from each year over the past decade. The last set will include a medley from the Broadway musical “Little Shop of Horrors.”

This show will take place on April 30 and May 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door or $5 with a canned good for donation to HELP of Beaufort.

For more information about the Voices booster club, contact Jordan Norris at BHSVoices@gmail.com.