Six honor choir students and four honor band students from Enterprise High School under the direction of music instructor Randy Morgan participated this week in the District Honor Choir and Band workshop in Baker City. The youth joined an estimated 120 choir students and 80 band students for seven hours of rehearsal both Monday and Tuesday, then a public performance Tuesday evening.
The district boundaries extend from Wallowa County to Baker City and Hermiston, then on to John Day and Heppner. Representatives from all sizes of schools, 1A to 4A, participated in the workshop.
The EHS choir students include sopranos Leslie Tweedy and Linnaea Kibler, altos Chandy Courtney, Tamara Tye and Whitney Locke and tenor Kyle Bollman. The band students were Austin Himes (alto saxophone), Craig Swart (horn), Kelsey Lukens (baritone) and Andy Vernarsky (trombone).
Morgan says that he has been taking students to District Honor Choir and Band since he began teaching at the school 26 years ago. His students regularly stay with host families.
Morgan annually selects his best musicians to make the trip.
The annual workshop is held each year at one the larger communities in the district. Last year it was held in Milton-Freewater.
Conducting the combined choir this year was Dr. Giselle Wyers from Boise State University. Conducting the band was Larry Gookin from Central Washington University.