Students Shine at Arts Council’s 13th Annual Student Honors Recital

The Haywood County Arts Council held its 13th Annual Student Honors Recital on Sunday, March 13, at 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Waynesville.

More than 100 audience members enjoyed a wide range of performances at the Haywood County Arts Council’s at the Performing Arts Center in Waynesville.

Students gave performances including: classical and contemporary piano, voice and brass. Performers were David Kevin Barker, Sidney Gaddis, Madison Garris, Andrew Hammel, Katelyn Hammel, Caitlin Hines, Anthony Huber, Ann Kram, Christopher Lile, Jesse Lloyd, Keegan Lucky-Smith, Isley McClure, Sadie McClure, Catherine Patten, Jordan Santoro, Corey Schiffhauer, Andrew Summers, Daniel Tran, Peter Tran and Caroline Vargas.

Students were from the studios and classrooms of the following teachers: Andrea Adamcova, Carol Gore, Lori Hammel, Mildred McSwain, Elisabeth Price, Roberto Robles (English teacher, Tuscola High), Jennifer Santoro, Travis Stuart (Junior Appalachian Musicians program), and Anna Watson. Mrs. Watson coordinated the recital, Craig Summers and Jennifer Santoro served as accompanists and stage manager was Rob Watson. The reception was provided by the teachers and members of the Haywood County Arts Council’s piano committee.

Of additional interest, recital participant Ann Kram (district Poetry Out Loud champion) was recently named one of nine finalists at the North Carolina Poetry Out Loud Recitation Competition in Raleigh. Old-time banjo player Keegan Lucky-Smith is one of four old-time music student apprentices selected by the North Carolina Arts Council this school year. Keegan is a member of the Haywood County Arts Council’s after school Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program.

For more information about the Student Honors Recital visit the website at, on Facebook at or call the office at 828.452.0593.

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