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The George Washington Carver High School Choral Music Department has a long and rich musical heritage which dates back to the school's inception in 1948. Mrs. Bernice Thompson, the school's first choral director, organized the concert choir and several other choral groups. For many years, the choirs have inspired audiences in Montgomery, around the state of Alabama and throughout the United States. Much of the choirs' success can be attributed to its former directors. They include; Mrs. Richardine Chadwell, Mrs. Judy Montgomery, Mrs. Mary Grayson, Ms. Zenobia Hooks, Marshall Morrison, Stephen Langford and several other conductors. Since 1990, Henry Terry has been the choral director at Carver High School.

Over time, other musical components have been added to the school. However, nothing compares to the rich tradition that has been established and preserved for so many years. During the 1990-91 school year, after reorganizing the choral program, there was a resurgence which became a topic of discussion throughout Montgomery. 

During the choir's annual spring concert tour, the choral students have been afforded the opportunity to perform in some of the finest cities and performance venues including, The National Democratic Headquarters in Washington DC; Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland; and the Lincoln Center in New York, New York. Other cities include Cincinnati, Ohio; Nashville, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri; and Charlotte, North Carolina. 

The choir's rise to the upper ranks of high school ensembles was recognized at the National Peanut Festival Choral Competition in 1994 when the concert choir earned a superior rating. That same year, the choral ensemble and student soloists earned superior ratings at the Alabama Vocal Associations' District and State Competitions. The concert choir was also invited to perform for the National School Board's Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

The choir performs annually for the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Christmas production for WSFA. One of the highlights of the school year is the choir's Celebration of the Negro Spiritual. This event attracts countless numbers of music lovers during the month of February. 

The Carver High School Choir is one of the nation's most prestigious high school choral ensembles. The choral forces of this critically acclaimed choir include The Concert Choir, which is over 60 voices strong, and The Honors Choir, approximately 30 voices. While classical, gospel, and contemporary popular music are included in its repertoire, the choir is best known for its emphasis on performing spiritual and historical music that preserves its rich and storied heritage.

 

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