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It has always been a dream here at MAI to give our high school vocal students the opportunity to perform together in a choir or ensemble. Each year when our MAIsterSingers graduate from choir, they always beg to come back.

We are very excited this year to have Noel Fulkerson on our vocal faculty. Noel has a long, stellar resume which includes having lead in the founding of the Missouri All-State Choir, directing All-State Ensembles in Kansas and Iowa, and having taught over 40 students chosen to be in the Missouri All-State Choir. He is a past president of the Missouri Educators Association and Missouri Choral Directors Association as well as being selected to the Missouri Music Educators Hall of Fame. Mr. Fulkerson is a master vocal and choral instructor

Mr.Fulkerson will be directing an MAI choir which will be open to present MAI students and MAIsterSinger alumni. What an exceptional opportunity this is to expand your vocal and choral knowledge and skills under such an experienced director! Imagine what an incredible sound we could have with a choir composed of MAI vocal students! And think of how much fun it will be to sing together. This could turn into a MAIsterSinger reunion! The group could sing in MAI concerts as well as special events to represent MAI.

This choir meets on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:00p.m. which is the same time as the Young MAIsterSinger choir. There is no cost to participate.

Music/Arts Institute students won 10 seats in the KC Metro District Choir on Oct. 3, and seven more were named to the women's honors choir and the men's honors choir after auditioning.

High school students named to the district choir who take private voice lessons at MAI from Fort Osage High School were Halsey Shelley and D'Angelo Talbot. Those from Truman High School were Abigail Becker, Ariana Mendoza and Jacob Snow. Julianna McCarroll, Caleb McCarroll and Zach Kujath were seated in the choir from Raytown High School, and Anna O'Renick is from William Chrisman High School. Sarah Grumke is from Blue Springs South High School.

Named to the women's honors choir were Stephanie Schramm and Leilani Day from Truman. Two students from Van Horn – Miranda Holthe and Jessica Bennett – were also placed in this choir.

Men's honors choir participants include Caleb Heide from Fort Osage, Micah Ruiz-Esparza from Summit Christian Academy and Isaac Towne from Truman.

The private voice teachers for these students at MAI are Jill Etter, Cynthia Simmons, Sariah Pinick, Noel Fulkerson and Ayron Hyatt.The 10 students named to the district choir will now have the opportunity to audition for the All-State Choir, sponsored by the Missouri Choral Directors. Students placing in this choir are considered to be in the top 1 percent of all high school vocal musicians in the state.

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