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Posted August 28, 2015

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Eisenhower Choir Honored as Top in State

The middle school group was named New Mexico Honor Choir by the New Mexico Music Educators Association.

Students in the Eisenhower Honor Choir stand with great attention and sing with great enthusiasm. The middle school vocal group has been named the New Mexico Honor Choir by the New Mexico Music Educators Association.

“It’s pretty incredible. This school has worked so hard to be a part of it,” said 7th grader Max Bateman.  “It’s very stressful because the honor choir name is a big name to live up to.”

The designation carries with it great responsibility, including preparing for many performances around the state and working with different musical groups.

“I don’t think it’s come to an Albuquerque middle school in at least a decade,” said Choir Director Nicholas Prior.  “It’s really a great way for the communities that are already doing great work from all around the state to showcase in a very specific way what they can do when given a lot of resources. Right now, our resource is time.”

Prior started the program at Eisenhower five years ago and has built it into a powerhouse.  Students describe his connection with them and with the music as engaging.

“This choir program just started out as a program that children would join so that they could get an easy A,” Max said. “But Mr. Prior brought this program to the top; he brought it to the spotlight. We are known nationwide for our concert choirs and show choirs.  ”

Max described his teacher as amazing, inspiring and intelligent. “He’s really been a big inspiration for me to just work hard and improve myself.”

Prior said the choir is scheduling appearances over the next year. Make sure to catch them if you can.

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