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Olivia Rivera ’25 Recognized for Three Years at Honors Chorus


Clockwise from top: The 177-member of Honors Chorus performs at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem Nov. 5; Ravens attendees Shrutav Deshpande ’26, Olivia Rivera ’25, Ashton Wells ’25,  Will Eichler ’25 and Grayson Marty ’24 gather; Olivia, at left, is recognized for having made Honors Chorus for three years in a row.

Five Upper School students represented Ravenscroft’s choir program at the statewide Honors Chorus, which took place Nov. 4-5 in Winston-Salem.

More than 1,000 students from across North Carolina auditioned for 177 spots in this year's program. Selected students rehearsed for more than 12 hours over the course of two days to prepare for the performance, which took place at the UNC School of the Arts’ Stevens Center in Winston-Salem. 

Congratulations to Shrutav Deshpande ’26, Will Eichler ’25, Grayson Marty ’24, Olivia Rivera ’25 and Ashton Wells ’25 for being selected for this prestigious opportunity.

“Our students were awesome and had a great time!” Ravenscroft choir director Robert Strebendt said. “Of this year’s 177 singers, nine received distinction for successfully making it into Honors Chorus three years in a row. Olivia Rivera was one of them.”

“I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to be a part of this amazing choir for three years now, and I always grow immensely as a musician and a person each year,” Olivia said. “The clinician this year, Dr. Crane, was so fun and encouraging of our sound as a choir. It’s astonishing how he was able to take a group of strangers and help us to create a wonderful performance. Every year I have participated in Honors Chorus has been such a joy!” 

Honors Chorus is a program of the North Carolina Music Educators Association, which has been an important voice for music education since 1970. Its mission is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by the state’s many students and teachers.