What’s Working: Murrah High School’s Winter Concert

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Murrah High School hosts its Winter Concert Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

You’ll hear selections ranging from Handel’s Messiah to some very contemporary Christmas songs.

The Murrah Concert Singers have made a name for themselves throughout the South. Now they are working to compete against the best of the best at the Festival of Gold out in Los Angeles. If you’ve haven’t heard them yet, now is your chance.

Difficult to believe that well-polished, heavenly sound is coming from high school students. Winning choral competitions has become a tradition at Murrah High School.

Pierrdro Gallion is the Director of Choral Activities.

“Credit definitely goes to God first and foremost, and I would be remiss if I did not mention the plethora of talent that we have here at Murrah,” Gallion said.

The Concert Singers were recently crowned Grand Champion at the River Land Choral Festival in Pearl. Almost 50 choirs took part in that one.

Jayla Gray is a senior. This is her second year with the choir.
“It was like every second, Murrah, Murrah, Murrah, so just getting up and down, screaming, yelling all over the place, because we were just so excited because we worked so hard under Mr. Gallion,” Gray said.

The 60 Concert Singers are selected from about 200 students in the Music Department.

After a year of learning about music theory and how to read music, students can audition. Once they’re in, the competition begins.
Donisha Lard is a Section Leader.

“And just working with the altos, working with my lower range. You know we kind of test each other and joke around stuff like that and challenge each other to grow. Justin Bell is also a Section Leader.
He lays it out like this, ” The passion is what brings our group to the next level. A good sound is not enough for Mr. Gallion or the leadership. We want to have the passion to move other people with our music.”

The result is a cross section of Murrah High School students who blend seamlessly into one of the finest choirs on either side of the Mississippi.

“In our choir, we have members of the football team, the basketball team, the debate team. So what you see going into the choir is kind of just indicative of the expectations that we have here at Murrah,”
Vice Principal Alvanette Buchanan said.

A $5 donation at the door will get you in the Winter Concert. That money will be used to help the choir make their trip to Los Angeles in March.

You can also make donations to the Mustang Choir Booster Club. Mr. Gallion hopes to take all his students out to Los Angeles, and that is an expensive proposition.

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