The Ville is known for its academic games teams, the robotics club, advanced modern dance troupes, and highly skilled athletes, but what many people don’t know about East English is it has an award-winning choir.
Under the direction of Choir Director Robin Barker, the Ville has won numerous top awards at district and state festivals. It hosts a winter and spring concert.
“There is chemistry with choir members; we literally are one big family,” sophomore Will Lynn said.
“I like this class, because I like to sing, and it will help me with my music career,” Daquan Mack said.
Barker has worked with many talented students during her seven years at the Ville.
She said, “We just participated in District Competition on Feb. 8, where my students performed very well, and Isaiah Williams, a junior, received a 1. He will represent EEVPA at State competitions in this spring.”
Students at the Ville have enjoyed many events where the Voices of East English wowed them with outstanding performances, often audiences have given performers standing ovations.
“Our school’s choir is phenomenal,” teacher Gail Elam said. “They make me feel enlightened, and I am proud to personally know many of the choir members.”
Many people are surprised to learn that some choir members are in other school programs, such as sports teams. Some of the school’s top athletes are in the choir.
“The choir is busy preparing for upcoming competitions and concerts; Ms. Barker works very closely with her students, and her hard work shows every time they perform,” said CTE teacher Lauaren West-Morton.