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.

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Click here to access the Voices of Appalachia itinerary for the Spring 2014 Tour of North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia.

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

History

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.

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.

Current Members of The Voices of Appalachia

Coming soon!

The Music of the Voices of Appalachia

Below are selections performed by The Voices of Appalachia on their newest album, O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing! Simply click each song title to listen.

O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing!
Brightest and Best
Peace Be With You

Request your FREE copy of O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing! by emailing your mailing information to the ALC Institutional Advancement Office. Simply click here to request your CD!

Upcoming Events

Calendar

September 2012
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ALC Last Day to Register/Drop/Add

CloseAugust 30, 2012 @ N/A
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JBS 1st Quarter Mid-Term Ends

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Labor Day (no classes)

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Labor Day (No Classes)

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Labor Day (No Classes)

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ALC All Campus Cookout

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ALC Blood Drive

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ALC Blood Drive

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All-Campus Cookout

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ALC Board Retreat

CloseSeptember 7, 2012 @ N/A

JBS Elementary Field Day (K-5)

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ACT Test Date

CloseSeptember 8, 2012 @ N/A

Men's Cross Country 5k Run

CloseSeptember 8, 2012 @ 9:00 am

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Knott County 5k Run in Hindman, KY— this event takes place during the Gingerbread Festival.

Women's Cross Country 5k Run

CloseSeptember 8, 2012 @ 9:00 am

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Knott County 5k Run at Hindman, KY — this event takes place during the Gingerbread Festival

Women's Tennis versus IU Southeast (@ Berea)

CloseSeptember 8, 2012 @ 11:00 am

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Lady Eagles Tennis season opener.

Women's Volleyball @ Cincinnati Clermont

CloseSeptember 8, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

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Lady Eagles Volleyball season opener.
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ALC Opening Convocation

CloseSeptember 11, 2012 @ N/A

Yearbook Picture Convocation (Required of ALL students)

CloseSeptember 11, 2012 @ 9:00 am

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Yearbook photos will be taken in the Student Center, Second Floor. Required of ALL students.

Opening Convocation (Required of ALL students)

CloseSeptember 11, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

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In the first convocation of the semester, attorney Terry Dean Jacobs will address faculty, staff, and students.

Opening Convocation (Required of ALL students)

CloseSeptember 11, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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Women's Volleyball @ IUSE

CloseSeptember 12, 2012 @ 7:00 pm
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ALC MAPP Test (Freshmen & Juniors)

CloseSeptember 13, 2012 @ N/A

MAPP Testing

CloseSeptember 13, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

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More info coming soon. Location TBA. This is a non-convo credit event.

JBS Parent-Teacher Conference

CloseSeptember 13, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
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JBS Senior Field Day (6-12)

CloseSeptember 14, 2012 @ N/A
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Women's Tennis versus Carlow University

CloseSeptember 15, 2012 @ 9:00 am

Men's Cross Country @ Berea College Invitational

CloseSeptember 15, 2012 @ 11:00 am

Women's Cross Country @ Berea College Invitational

CloseSeptember 15, 2012 @ 11:00 am

Women's Tennis versus Berea College

CloseSeptember 15, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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Religious Emphasis Week

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Religious Emphasis Week

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Religious Emphasis Week

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Religious Emphasis Week

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Religious Emphasis Week

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Religious Emphasis Week

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Religious Emphasis Convo

CloseSeptember 18, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

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In Session #1 (of 3) guest Wade Hopkins shares his message “Play to Win.”
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Religious Emphasis Week

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Religious Emphasis Week

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Religious Emphasis Week

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Religious Emphasis Week

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Religious Emphasis Week

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Religious Emphasis Week

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Religious Emphasis Convo Session #2

CloseSeptember 20, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

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Session #2 of Hopkins’s “Play to Win.”

Religious Emphasis Convo Session #3

CloseSeptember 20, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

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The conclusion to the “Play to Win” message.
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ALC Alumna/Alumnus of the Year Banquet

CloseSeptember 21, 2012 @ N/A
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Women's Tennis @ Brescia University

CloseSeptember 22, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

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* Game time is listed in Central Time.
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Women's Volleyball @ Berea College

CloseSeptember 24, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
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Constitution Day

CloseSeptember 25, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

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A discussion celebrating Constitution Day.
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HCTC Transfer Summit

CloseSeptember 27, 2012 @ N/A
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Women's Tennis versus Asbury

CloseSeptember 29, 2012 @ 11:00 am

Women's Tennis versus STLCOP

CloseSeptember 29, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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Office of Admissions Breast Cancer Awareness Month Begins

CloseOctober 1, 2012 @ N/A

Men's Cross Country @ UPike Invitational

CloseOctober 1, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

Women's Cross Country @ UPike Invitational

CloseOctober 1, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
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LE 101 Dining Etiquette Seminars

CloseOctober 2, 2012 @ N/A

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This special seminar is sponsored by the ALC Leadership Program.
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Marshall University College Fair

CloseOctober 3, 2012 @ N/A
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JBS 1st Quarter Grades Due

CloseOctober 4, 2012 @ N/A
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SAT Test Date

CloseOctober 6, 2012 @ N/A

Women's Volleyball versus Midway

CloseOctober 6, 2012 @ 12:00 pm