Alice Lloyd College

The Voices of Appalachia

The Alice Lloyd College choir, the Voices of Appalachia, tours annually in the spring to various parts of the United States performing the hymns and ballads of the southern Appalachian highlands. The choir sings both a cappella and with accompaniment.

Voices of Appalachia

Click here to access the Voices of Appalachia itinerary for the Spring 2016 Tour of California.

Hide To view scenes from the Voices of Appalachia’s 2013 Midwest Tour, CLICK HERE!

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. – Psalm 150:6


Voices of Appalachia LogoA number of noteworthy and memorable places have been included in the choir’s travels. They have had opportunity to perform on shows, such as NBC’s The TODAY Show, the Kelly Lang Show from Los Angeles, and a special segment on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt entitled the “Pride of Appalachia.” The Voices have had the opportunity to share our rich heritage in diverse venues, including the Ahwahne Hotel at Yosemite National Park, California; the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC; the National Cathedral in Washington, DC; and Gettysburg National Park. Through their vocal performances, the choir members strive to convey the deep feelings mountain people have about their heritage and region.

The Voices of Appalachia was formed in 1962 when Abner Grender came to Caney Junior College to teach music. During the history of the Voices, six people have served as conductor: Abner Grender, Paul Tse, David Benson, Richard Kennedy, Bryan Bolton, and Richard Bowers. There have been approximately 700 to 800 choir members over the years, all of whom are still considered a part of the Voices family.

The Voices of Appalachia is a great asset to both Alice Lloyd College and the Appalachian region; the first priority is the benefit derived by the individual members from participation in the choral experience. Amazingly enough, the College does not offer any type of music major or minor, therefore, all members of the Voices of Appalachia are performing out of the love they hold for their heritage and the musical traditions that support their background.

Along with the week-long spring tour, which is student-planned, the choir also performs an on-campus Christmas concert and one or two Christmas productions at off-campus sites. In addition, each April the Voices present their spring program to the campus community upon returning from their tour. Occasionally, the choir will be asked to perform at various on-campus and off-campus events. They also record their music for distribution on CD.

The choir sings shape note/sacred harp (in a cappella), traditional, choral, praise/worship, and Bluegrass Gospel selections.

Conductor Biography

Richard and Beth Ann Bowers

Richard and Beth Ann Bowers

Richard Bowers is the newest conductor of The Voices of Appalachia. Richard is a native of Knott County and was previously a member of The Voices of Appalachia. He received his music training from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has extensive experience with music ensembles and choirs. He has toured the continental U.S., Jamaica and, most recently, Moscow, Russia. He has served as a Youth Minister and Music Minister at churches in Kentucky and Georgia, and he currently is a music educator with Rural Church Development Alliance, teaching Guitar and Music Theory.

Richard’s wife, Beth Ann, will also be joining ALC as the new accompanist for The Voices of Appalachia. Beth Ann previously served in this same capacity under the direction of former VOA conductor, Richard Kennedy. She has a degree in Elementary Education with a certification in Gifted Education. She minored in music with a voice proficiency. Prior to taking this position, Beth Ann conducted or accompanied choirs at the Elementary and Secondary levels. She also works with Rural Church Development Alliance, where she teaches Voice and Piano.

Richard and Beth Ann have three daughters: Claire, Corrie, and Rylie Grace.

Meet the Voices of Appalachia

My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever. – Psalm 145:21

Five years ago, the choir included less than 30 members. Today, Richard Bowers, the current director of the Voices of Appalachia, has expanded the choir’s membership to over 60 students! Bowers also noticed that many of his choir members were interested in playing traditional mountain instruments. To facilitate and encourage that interest, he began the Acoustic Instrument Ensemble. The ensemble, which is a stand-alone group that travels and performs with the choir, grew from featuring only the banjo to now include the acoustic guitar, upbright bass, mandolin, and fiddle. 

The group also represents Alice Lloyd College in one or two shows a month, independent of the choir.

The Voices of Appalachia are:


⸗Hannah Banks  Freshman – Mt Sterling, KY (Violin)
⸗Seleena Bailey – Sophomore – Salyersville, KY (Piano/Keyboard)
Claire Bowers – Grade 8 – Hindman, KY
Morgan Castle – Senior – Lucasville, OH
Kaylin Crace –  Lucasville, OH
Jacqueline Crawford Senior – Church Hill, TN
Destiny Gross – Senior – Yeaddiss, KY
⸗Christen Hurt – Senior – Hazard, KY (Bass)
Kelsey Logdon – Senior – Frankfort, KY
Natalie Romeo – Freshman – Bowerston, OH
Kaela Shaw – Freshman – Bidwell, OH
Leah Tackett – Freshman – Virgie, KY


JeeSuk Choe – Junior – Palm Bay, FL
Tiffany Endicott – Senior – Prestonsburg, KY
Kaitlyn Gibson – Sophomore – Mousie, KY
Mary Isaac – Sophomore – Fort Gay, WV
JoAnna Kountz – Freshman – Ashland, KY
Alexandria Lovins  Sophomore – Mt Sterling, KY
Amberlee Markwell  Freshman – Grassy Creek, KY
Elizabeth Rumschlag – Junior – New Vienna, OH
Gabrielle Schwartz – Junior – Mesopotamia, OH
Makayla Williamson – Junior – Prestonsburg, KY


Noah Blair – Freshman – Whitesburg, KY
Kyle Coleman –
 Junior – Chesapeake, OH
Austin Ison – VoA Alumni – Viper, KY
Caleb Lofton – Senior – Manchester, OH
Joshua Muncy – Freshman – Virgie, KY


Thomas Case – Sophomore – Garrett, KY
Jackson Driskill – VoA Alumni – Jackson, KY
⸗John Driskill – Sophomore – Jackson, KY (Guitar, Upright Bass)
Anthony Gonzales – Junior – Lexington, KY
K. Drake Grizzell – Senior – Ashton, WV
Joshua Ingram – Senior – Pineville, KY
Brandon Melton – Sophomore – Wooton, KY
Joshua Muncy – Freshman – Virgie, KY
Austin Osborne – Freshman – Meadowview, VA
⸗Nick Short – Sophomore – Viper, KY (Percussion)

⸗Alfred & Shirley Wampler Caudill
Acoustic Instrument Ensemble 

Tour Staff

Holly Baker, Freshman – Whitesburg, KY (Piano)
Richard Bowers
, Director of Voices of Appalachia
Beth Ann Bowers, Accompanist of Voices of Appalachia
Corrie Bowers, 10 year-old Understudy
Rylie Grace Bowers, 7 year-old Understudy
Priscilla Fraley, ALC Director of Foundation & Corporate Giving
⸗Ron Howard, VoA Alumni – Pikeville, KY (Banjo, Guitar)
⸗Kinsee Howard, VoA Alumna – Pikeville, KY (Violin)
Shaugn Ooikjaas, Junior – Mt Sterling, KY
Margo Sparkman, ALC Director of Development

The Music of the Voices of Appalachia

Below are selections performed by The Voices of Appalachia on their newest album, I Will Arise and Go to Jesus. Simply click each song title to listen.

Request your FREE copy of I Will Arise and Go to Jesus by emailing your mailing information to the ALC Institutional Advancement Office. Simply click here to request your CD!
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