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Newton County School System will host the 5th Grade Elementary Honor Chorus Concert on Saturday, March 7 at 2:30 PM at Alcovy High School. Admission is free and the general public is invited to attend.

Each elementary school in Newton County sends approximately ten, fifth-grade students to represent their schools. In order to make the chorus, students must audition for their school music teachers.  Chorus members have been busy rehearsing the music with their teachers and will practice and perfect the music with the clinician the morning of the concert.

The performance will feature guest clinician, Judith Beale, a part-time music professor for Kennesaw State University, retired from teaching 39 years of elementary music in May 2011.  Ms. Beale holds a BS Degree in Music Education with a concentration in voice from Geneva College, a Master of Music Education Degree from Georgia State University and a Specialist of Creative Arts Degree from Lesley University in Boston, Mass. She has completed Kodaly Level I, Orff Levels I, II and III, Master Class, and the AOSA Teacher Training Program, where she apprenticed under Shirley McRae. 

Judy has been an instructor for the AOSA teacher training courses at Memphis State University, Cobb County Schools, the University of Georgia, and Lee University.  She has presented workshops throughout the Metro-Atlanta area, various colleges, GMEA, as well as for the Long Island, New York; Jacksonville, Florida; Savannah, Georgia, Atlanta, and Mississippi AOSA Chapters.

Ms. Beale has served as State Elementary Division Chair and District XII Elementary Division Chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association, Co-Chair of Registration for the National AOSA Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, and is current Past President of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association.  She has also served as Guest Conductor for the GMEA District VII, Rockdale County, Carroll County, Paulding County, Gwinnett County, Muscogee County, and the Atlanta Chapter of AOSA Honor Choruses. 

While teaching, Judy’s students performed for many school and community functions, as well as Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, Pittsburgh, Pa, Birmingham, Ala., Charlotte, N.C., and the GMEA Conference in Savannah, GA.

She sings with the Georgia Festival Chorus under the direction of Mr. Frank Boggs where she serves as Co-Business Manager and Soprano Section Leader.

This year's accompanist is Mrs. Julie Thompson, former Newton County School System Teacher of the year, who currently is a 4th grade teacher at East Newton Elementary School.

“We would love to invite all faculty and staff of Newton County and the general public too,” said Ms. Amy Rains, Music Specialist at Heard-Mixon Elementary School.