Wheeling Park’s Allman Named to National Honor Choir

Photo by Joselyn King Wheeling Park High School senior Anna Allman has been named to the American Choral Director’s Association National Honor Choir. She was selected from more than 6,000 high school and collegiate applicants who submitted audition material to the national committee.

The natural beat and melody of her life has led Wheeling Park High School senior Anna Allman to the American Choral Director’s Association National Honor Choir.

Allman was selected from among more than 6,000 applicants to sing in the choir at the ACDA’s national conference, set for Feb. 27 through March 2 in Kansas City, Missouri.

She will be rehearsing and performing with a chorus of high school students under the direction of Sandra Snow of Michigan State University.

Allman, also an honor student, is looking toward college and a career in music. She already has been accepted by three institutions of higher learning — West Virginia University, Slippery Rock University and Capital University in Columbus.

She plans to major in vocal performance, with an emphasis on opera. She also intends to minor in business.

Allman said she began singing at age 4, when her parents Juliann and Michael Allman recognized she had a “mature voice” for a toddler.

Allman said vocal classes aren’t recommended for youngsters, and she was instead enrolled in piano classes. She continues to play the piano, and has since started on the steel drum.

Allman started vocal training when she was in the seventh grade.

Since then, she has gone on to participate in many of the music offerings at WPHS, and also perform theatre with the Park Players.

Most recently she played “Mrs. Kirby” in the Park Players’ fall production, “You Can’t Take It With You.”

“But I am devoted to music,” Allman said. “I want to focus on singing, piano and academics.”

Those interested in participating in the ACDA National Honor Choir must submit a recording consisting of three requisites.

For the first part of the recording, the applicant sings a song of their choice. Allman selected “The Years of the Spring.”

They also must sing scales, and a snippet of a song selected by the ACDA. Allman said the song they chose was from a musical and she wasn’t familiar with it.

She likes opera, but she also likes participating in musical theatre.

And when she listens to music, classic rock, Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead and Queen are among her favorites.

“I don’t like country much,” she said.

But Allman admitted to having an affinity for the strong vocals of country singer Carrie Underwood.