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

November 2013
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Women's Volleyball vs. Crown College

CloseOctober 28, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

Women's Volleyball vs. UPike

CloseOctober 28, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

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Final home game of the season.
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Leadership 101 Dining Etiquette Seminars

CloseOctober 30, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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This is a non-convocation credit event, but it is required of all LE 101 students. Sponsored by the ALC Leadership Program, Terri Thompson will teach students dining etiquette. There are three seminars in total. This is the first.
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LE 101 Dining Etiquette Seminars

CloseOctober 31, 2013 @ 8:00 am

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This is a non-convocation credit event, but it is required of all LE 101 students. Sponsored by the ALC Leadership Program, Terri Thompson will teach students dining etiquette. There are three seminars in total. These are the final two.

Terri Thompson Presents "Leadership: Where Do You Stand?"

CloseOctober 31, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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A favorite guest in the Caney Convocation Series, Terri Thompson will present Leadership: Where Do You Stand? Passion, Persistence, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

LE 101 Dining Etiquette Seminars

CloseOctober 31, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

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This is a non-convocation credit event, but it is required of all LE 101 students. Sponsored by the ALC Leadership Program, Terri Thompson will teach students dining etiquette. There are three seminars in total. These are the final two.

Eagle Madness!

CloseOctober 31, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

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Join us as we open basketball season!

Eagle Madness!

CloseOctober 31, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

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Come join us as we open basketball season! Get a first look at the men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as the ALC cheerleaders and dance team. Support your Eagles!
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Fall Open House

CloseNovember 2, 2013 @ N/A

Men's Basketball versus Union College

CloseNovember 2, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

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Season Opener
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Transfer Day

CloseNovember 5, 2013 @ N/A

Sola Gratia: The Skillful Life

CloseNovember 5, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Richard Bowers, director of the Voices of Appalachia, and the Solia Gratia Student Fellowship will guide us through an exploration of the Book of Proverbs.

Women's Basketball versus Kentucky Christian University

CloseNovember 5, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

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Season Opener. Part of doubleheader.

Men's Basketball versus Kentucky Christian University

CloseNovember 5, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

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Part of an Eagles doubleheader.
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Men's Basketball versus Virginia Intermont

CloseNovember 8, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

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BB&T Basketball Classic @ Pikeville Expo Center
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Men's Cross Country @ KIAC Conference Meet

CloseNovember 9, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

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at Midway College

Women's Cross Country @ KIAC Conference Meet

CloseNovember 9, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

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at Midway College

Women's Basketball versus Milligan College

CloseNovember 9, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

Men's Basketball versus West Virginia Tech

CloseNovember 9, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

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BB&T Basketball Classic @ Pikeville Expo Center
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2nd Quarter Mid-Term Ends

CloseNovember 12, 2013 @ N/A

Blood Drive

CloseNovember 12, 2013 @ N/A

Power in Whose Palm?: The Digital Democratization of Photography

CloseNovember 12, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Andrew Busroe will speak about visual literacy as it applies to photography.

Men's Basketball versus Boyce College

CloseNovember 12, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

Women's Basketball versus University of Pikeville

CloseNovember 12, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
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Pre-Registration

CloseNovember 13, 2013 @ N/A
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Pre-Registration

CloseNovember 13, 2013 @ N/A

Lorinda Jones: Music Therapy

CloseNovember 14, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Performing on the Celtic harp and the Appalachian dulcimer, Lorinda Jones transports listeners to a place that reminds them of their ancestral roots.
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Pre-Registration

CloseNovember 13, 2013 @ N/A

Women's Volleyball versus Point Park University

CloseNovember 15, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

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KIAC Conference Tournament @ Midway College

Women's Basketball versus Selma University

CloseNovember 15, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

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Game 1 : Milligan College Classic @ Milligan College
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Pre-Registration

CloseNovember 13, 2013 @ N/A

Eagle Day Saturday

CloseNovember 16, 2013 @ N/A

Ohio Alumni Meeting

CloseNovember 16, 2013 @ N/A

Women's Basketball vs. Carroll College

CloseNovember 16, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

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Milligan College Classic @ Milligan College

Ohio Alumni Meeting

CloseNovember 16, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

Ohio Alumni Meeting & Luncheon

CloseNovember 16, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

Men's Basketball vs. Milligan College

CloseNovember 16, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
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Pre-Registration

CloseNovember 13, 2013 @ N/A
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Pre-Registration

CloseNovember 13, 2013 @ N/A
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Men's Basketball @ Crown College

CloseNovember 19, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
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Women's Basketball @ Ohio Christian University

CloseNovember 22, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

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Listen LIVE: http://www.ocutrailblazers.com/f/Live_Broadcast.php!

Women's Basketball @ Ohio Christian University

CloseNovember 22, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

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Support your Lady Eagles by listening in LIVE: http://www.ocutrailblazers.com/f/Live_Broadcast.php.
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Thanksgiving Recess

CloseNovember 27, 2013 @ N/A
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Thanksgiving Recess

CloseNovember 27, 2013 @ N/A

Thanksgiving Recess

CloseNovember 28, 2013 @ N/A
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Eagle Day Saturday

CloseNovember 30, 2013 @ N/A