The Highlands Youth Ensemble, under the direction of Jane DeLoach Morison was formed in 2002 by former Artistic Director Beth P. McCoy to continue the musical education of area young people who had graduated from the East Tennessee Children's Choir. The group consists of 9th-12th grade students (plus changed male voices in 8th grade) from throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. They primarily perform a cappella repertoire in four-part (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) harmony.
Many HYE singers received their early training in the East Tennessee Children’s Choir, and have been awarded places in All-County, All-District, All-East, All-State, Governor’s Schools, Regional, and National honor choirs. Some have even been national soloists.
HYE singers regularly receive both music and academic scholarships to universities across the nation. Many former singers are now teaching and performing professionally.
1. Give vocally talented youth an unforgettable, exemplary choral experience.
2. Implant a solid foundation in music and proper singing techniques, with emphasis on sight-reading.
3. Supply an experience in non-competitive team behavior that calls for the best in each of them.
4. Promote musical leadership by these youth for schools, churches and other organizations in our area.
5. Enhance the Mountain Empire's appreciation of fine choral literature.
6. Encourage these young people to continue lifelong participation in the arts.
What We Do
The Highlands Youth Ensemble performs a wide range of choral repertoire in several annual concerts throughout the Tri-Cities area, and also sings every Christmas with the Symphony of the Mountains, and at the Biltmore Estate. They also produce an annual Valentine's Cabaret as a fundraiser for their parent organization, the Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy.
Notable past performances include International Chamber Choir Competition, Pecs, Hungary (2007); Carnegie Hall (2006, 2010, 2016); and the Festival of the Aegean, Syros, Greece (2014). In 2016 HYE was one of only sixteen choirs selected by audition to perform for the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Conference.
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MOUNTAIN EMPIRE CHILDREN'S CHORAL ACADEMY