His search for quality is infused in his classes, and he hopes into the lives of his students. It makes me kind of nervous when we go to competition, but the one on one attention that I get in chorus really helps me. Whittington finds it interesting that he has arrived at the point in his music education career that he is teaching children of children that he has taught in the past. The Building Inspections temperament of a musician/artist is both a pleasure and a curse to him. He admits that after more than two decades of competing and bringing home only the top ratings, that he knows what the judges are looking for.
choose materials that you could compare to this group singing Shakespeare, while others are doing comic books. Chorus gives them a chance to forget about their bodies and think only about their voices. Some of the comments from judges at competition over the years include lots of praise. In 1986 the judging sheet comments included lovely—everything. Such good careful training. A real pleasure to hear all words. Congratulations. Everything was excellent…what a fine choir. We are proud of the western part of the state.
In 1986, a judge commented, Fine choice of music—a very poised and attractive group. A Carowinds judge felt the chorus was excellent and praised the group with bravo, and very musical descriptions. Another Carowinds judge commented that your students are very lucky to get such good training. Jessie Karriker, seventh grader, says chorus has given her an outlet in which to sing.
We’ve been in the process of changing churches, and I haven’t had a place to sing, she said. He remembers Kevin Massey, who is touring Europe in Grease, as a wonderful musician. He planned to major in medicine and minor in music, but says he’ll give music at least a one year chance. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and he is just as professional as he can be.