Dr. Beverly Parler-Rice is proud that some of her students have once again been selected to sing with the South Carolina Elementary Honor Choir.

The veteran music teacher, who has taught children for more than three decades, said four Elloree Elementary School fifth-graders will be singing with the honor choir.

The 10-year-old students are Neshel Mantle, Marvelle Edwards, Mekhi Fogle and Messiah Harrison.

The students will perform 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center at 1101 Lincoln St. as part of the 2024 S.C. Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference.

Comprised of auditioned singers in grades 4, 5 and 6 from across the state, the SCMEA Elementary Honor Choir convenes annually at the conference.

“We have very talented kids in the east end of the county. We have to give them opportunities to be exposed, to be discovered and to broaden their horizons. We don’t have a choir at school, so this is another opportunity for choral development,” said Parler-Rice, the school’s K-8 general music/choral teacher.

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The students will be among more than 200 students from across the state to participate in the honor choir.

“I have to teach six songs by Feb. 10. I put a lot into it,” Parler-Rice said.

The honor choir will be singing the following songs: Jacob Narverud’s “Sisi Ni Moja”; Amy F. Bernon’s “She Sings”; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things”; Susan Brumfield’s “Bandyrowe”; Emily Crocker’s “I Heard the Windmill”; and “Thousands of Millions of Stars” by Mary Donnelly and George L. O. Strid.

Parler-Rice recently received an honorary doctorate degree and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Trinity International University of Ambassadors in Atlanta.

Contact the writer: dgleaton@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5534. Follow “Good News with Gleaton” on Twitter at @DionneTandD

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