Glenn Chorus Students Raise Money to Help Music Programs in Eastern North Carolina
By Carol Earnhardt
Glenn High School
JUNE 12, 2019 – The Glenn High School Vocal Point a cappella choir held an event called ACAFEST to raise money to help music programs in the Eastern part of North Carolina replace equipment destroyed by Hurricane Florence.
In early June, Glenn students performed – along with groups from Atkins Academic & Technology High School and Reynolds High School and groups from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, N.C. State University and High Point University.
“These groups are student-led groups - especially at the university level - that perform pop a cappella music like the groups on the movie Pitch Perfect and the show The Sing Off,” said Carol Earnhardt, the chorus teacher at Glenn.
“The students in Vocal Point planned the event. I was amazed at their focus and work ethic throughout the entire process. I have never seen a group of students work so well together for a common mission!”
Sophomore Anna Underwood was one of the Glenn students who helped organize the event.
“I volunteered my name because I just really wanted to share how swiftly a group of high school students turned into professionals,” Underwood said.
“After we knew we were, for sure, going to do this, leaders naturally formed and everyone came together to create this, with no obstacle too big to defeat. Everyone had definitive roles to assure that everything was taken care of.”
“As a student that can proudly carry the ACAFEST name into next year, I couldn’t be more proud of what we have done. Nothing compared to the look on everyone’s faces when the show started, and our months of planning came alive.”
“This opportunity brought all of us, who come from all different backgrounds and all different lives, together to make something that we will never forget, and I am so grateful.”
Money raised by the event went to the N.C. Music Educators Association disaster fund. This fund is currently being used to help music programs in the Eastern part of the state replace instruments, equipment and music destroyed in the floods following Hurricane Florence.
“The students in Vocal Point felt that helping our fellow musicians in our state was the most worthwhile charity to benefit from this musical event,” Earnhardt said. “The event helped Vocal Point raise $1,000 for the disaster fund!!”
On June 8, Pat Hall, the executive director of NCMEA, visited Glenn to accept the donation on behalf of the organization.
“The kids performed a song for her that was arranged by one of the Vocal Point students, Daniel Martin,” Earnhardt said.
“The N.C. Music Educators Association is extremely grateful for the very generous donation of $1,000 to our Hurricane Florence Fund,” Hall said. “Last fall, our members that teach in Central and Western North Carolina wanted to help their colleagues in the Eastern counties that lost instruments, music and classroom supplies in storm damage. This gift will go a long way in helping those music programs continue to thrive.”