High Pointers sing at inauguration

Jan. 22, 2013 @ 06:01 PM

Before the country knew which man would be inaugurated as president on Monday, two High Pointers knew they would be singing for him.
Carrie Anna Spencer, a graduate of High Point Christian Academy and a graduate student at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., and Cohen Whittington, a graduate of the Middle College of Guilford Technical Community College and a sophomore at Lee, are a part of the Lee University Festival Choir, the 200-voice ensemble combined of the university’s seven choirs.
“Voices of Lee went on The Sing Off in its first season but I wasn’t in the group then,” Spencer said. “Going to the White House is probably the most memorable thing I’ve done.”
Spencer, an interdisciplinary studies major with a vocal music minor, was a singer when she lived in High Point as well. She sang at her church, Thomasville Friends, and in the choir at HPCA and was a part of the praise team as well.
The choir has prepared nine selections for its 30-minute time slot, including “This Land is Your Land” and the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” as well as prepared for the wintery weather of Washington, D.C.
“We’ve gone and bought wool socks and hand warmers and stuff because we’ll be out there for four hours and it’ll be like 30 degrees,” she said.
Whittington, a church music major with a vocal emphasis, sang in the choir while he attended Hayworth Christian School and at his church Harvest World Outreach Church.
“When we got the invite, it was just a really cool opportunity that we can be a part of,” Whittington said. “Fast forward to now, and we’re actually realizing we are going to be singing for the president of the United States.”
Whittington said the choir has been practicing almost nightly since they returned from winter break.
“This is my first national stage, and I’m looking forward to the whole experience,” he said. “Not many people get to have this experience. It’s an awesome opportunity.”
The Lee University Festival Choir’s performance will occur immediately before the official swearing-in ceremonies at midday on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. The choir will perform outdoors on the upper west terrace of the United States Capitol.

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