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 the Voices of Appalachia’s 2013 Midwest Tour, CLICK HERE!

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

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.

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

In 2014 Alice Lloyd College will host its very first Voices of Appalachia Alumni Reunion as part of its Appalachia Day Homecoming celebration! This will be a wonderful time of fellowship and reminiscing, and it will also serve as an opportunity for past members of the choir to sing once again with the Voices of Appalachia!

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:

Soprano

Amanda Ashworth – Junior – Viper, KY
Chelsea Burke – Sophomore – Jonancy, KYAshley Dixon – Junior – Hallie, KY
Irene Dixon – Freshman – Hallie, KY
Charleigh Hall – Freshman – Harlan, KY
Courtney Haynes – Junior – Leeco, KY
Rachel Hoover – Sophomore – Hueysville, KY
Andrea House – Sophomore – London, KY
Cynthia Johnson – Senior – Squire, WV
Bonnie Morgan – Sophomore – Hyden, KY
Katie Smith – Junior – Hazard, KY
Leanna Williamson – Senior – Kimper, KY

Alto

Christina Blake – Sophomore – Kenova, WV
Sarrah Huber – Sophomore – Hazard, KY
Candace Hughes – Senior – Bonnyman, KY
Kala Jarrell – Freshman – Prestonsburg, KY
Anna Meadows – Senior – Pikeville, KY
Stephanie Moore – Junior – Hazard, KY
Courtney Newsome – Senior – Kermit, WV
Tiffany Salisbury – Senior – Lowmansville, KY
Ashley Smith – Senior – Talcum, KY

Tenor

Alex Byrd – Senior – Dorton, KY
DJ Coker – Sophomore – Duff, TN
Ben Eldridge – Senior – Evarts, KY
Josh Green – Sophomore – Kimball, WV
Austin Ison – Sophomore – Viper, KY
Caleb Lofton – Sophomore – Manchester, OH
Aaron McInturff – Freshman – Lena, IL
Clayton Osborne – Junior – Louisa, KY
Corey Paige – Junior – Hi Hat, KY

Bass

Chris Bowen - Junior – Inez, KY
Jackson Driskill – Sophomore – Jackson, KY
Chazz Maynard – Sophomore – Pilgrim, KY
Adam Stepp – Sophomore – Lovely, KY
Alex White – Freshman – Lovely, KY

Adjunct Performers

Kim Collins – ALC Graduate – Cornettsville, KY
Brandon Grigsby – Senior – Bulan, KY
Jamie Holt - ALC Graduate – Aaron’s Corner, NC
Kestin Howard – ALC Graduate – Mousie, KY
Mollie Jobe - ALC Graduate – Louisa, KY
Katie Kelly – Freshman – Martha, KY

Acoustic Instrument Ensemble

Ron Howard – Banjo
Brandon “Farmer” Grigsby – Banjo & Guitar
Alex White – Upright Bass
Ashley Smith – Mandolin
Stephanie Moore – Fiddle

Tour Staff

Richard Bowers, Director of Voices of Appalachia
Beth Ann Bowers, Accompanist of Voices of Appalachia
Margo Sparkman, ALC Director of Development
Priscilla Fraley, ALC Director of Donor Relations
Megan Burnett, Director of the Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Players

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!

Upcoming Events

Calendar

March 2013
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Women's Basketball versus Asbury University

CloseFebruary 25, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

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KIAC Tournament Semifinal. The game will be played at IU Southeast, which is in New Albany, Indiana.
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Lori Farris

CloseFebruary 26, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Lori Farris, the Mediation and Senior Protection Branch Manager for the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection, guests to discuss the issues currently facing consumers.
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Eagles Baseball versus Bethel University

CloseFebruary 28, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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ALC Midterm Grades Due

CloseMarch 1, 2013 @ N/A

JBS 3rd Quarter Grades Due

CloseMarch 1, 2013 @ N/A
2

Eagle Day Saturday

CloseMarch 2, 2013 @ N/A
3 4

ALC Spring Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 4, 2013 @ N/A

JBS Spring Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 1, 2013 March 8, 2013 @ N/A

Spring Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 4, 2013 @ N/A

The Voices of Appalachia Spring Tour

CloseMarch 4, 2013 @ N/A

Eagles Baseball versus Ohio Mid-Western

CloseMarch 4, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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5

ALC Spring Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 4, 2013 @ N/A

Spring Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 4, 2013 @ N/A

The Voices of Appalachia Spring Tour

CloseMarch 4, 2013 @ N/A

JBS Spring Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 1, 2013 March 8, 2013 @ N/A

Eagles Baseball versus Ohio Mid-Western

CloseMarch 5, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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ALC Spring Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 4, 2013 @ N/A

Spring Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 4, 2013 @ N/A

The Voices of Appalachia Spring Tour

CloseMarch 4, 2013 @ N/A

JBS Spring Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 1, 2013 March 8, 2013 @ N/A
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ALC Spring Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 4, 2013 @ N/A

Spring Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 4, 2013 @ N/A

The Voices of Appalachia Spring Tour

CloseMarch 4, 2013 @ N/A

JBS Spring Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 1, 2013 March 8, 2013 @ N/A
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JBS Spring Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 1, 2013 March 8, 2013 @ N/A
9

SAT Test Date

CloseMarch 9, 2013 @ N/A
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Jason Stowers

CloseMarch 12, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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ALC instructor and coach, Jason Stowers, will spend the hour discussing “Goal Setting – Reaching Your Potential” with our students.
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Eagles Baseball versus Brescia University

CloseMarch 15, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
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Eagle Day Saturday

CloseMarch 16, 2013 @ N/A

Eagles Baseball versus Brescia University

CloseMarch 16, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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Eagles Baseball versus University of the Cumberlands

CloseMarch 19, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Terri Thompson

CloseMarch 19, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Terri Thompson presents “Catch the Entrepreneurial Spirit,” in which she shares the importance of developing leadership skills and ethics to successfully achieve your goals.

Dining Etiquette Leadership Seminar

CloseMarch 19, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

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This event is required for all students in Leadership 101. You must be professionally dressed!
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Dining Etiquette Leadership Seminar

CloseMarch 20, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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This event is required for all students in Leadership 101. You must be professionally dressed!
21

Softball @ Indiana University Southeast

CloseMarch 21, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

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Doubleheader
22

Eagles Baseball versus Point Park University

CloseMarch 22, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Softball @ Midway College

CloseMarch 22, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

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23

Eagle Day Saturday

CloseMarch 23, 2013 @ N/A

Eagles Baseball versus Point Park University

CloseMarch 23, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

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Doubleheader
24 25 26

Eagles Baseball versus Tennessee Temple

CloseMarch 26, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Doubleheader

James V. Mongiardo Speech Competition

CloseMarch 26, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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ALC’s twentieth annual speech competition!
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Softball @ UPike

CloseMarch 27, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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Chris Mullins

CloseMarch 28, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Chris Mullins, a musician and instructor at the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, will present us with a musical tour of the history of Appalachian music.
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ALC Good Friday/Easter Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 29, 2013 @ N/A

Easter Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 29, 2013 @ N/A

JBS Good Friday/Easter Break (No Classes)

CloseMarch 29, 2013 @ N/A

Baseball @ Asbury University

CloseMarch 29, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Doubleheader

Softball versus Point Park University

CloseMarch 29, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

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Baseball @ Asbury University

CloseMarch 30, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

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Doubleheader

Softball versus IU Southeast

CloseMarch 30, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
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Baseball versus Johnson University

CloseApril 1, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

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Doubleheader @ Knott Central Baseball Field
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Blue Jeans for Babies

CloseApril 2, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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A special event, sponsored by Phi Beta Lambda, designed to increase awareness of the March of Dimes.

Softball @ Asbury University

CloseApril 2, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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Baseball @ New River Community College

CloseApril 3, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

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4

ALC Honors Day

CloseApril 4, 2013 @ N/A

ALC Spring Play

CloseApril 4, 2013 @ N/A

ALC Honors Day

CloseApril 4, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

ALC Student Theatre

CloseApril 4, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

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Eagle Theatre will present a series of one-act plays.
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ALC Spring Play

CloseApril 4, 2013 @ N/A

Softball versus Carlow University

CloseApril 5, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

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Doubleheader

Baseball @ IU Southeast

CloseApril 5, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

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ALC Alumni Board of Directors Meeting

CloseApril 6, 2013 @ N/A

Eagle Day Saturday

CloseApril 6, 2013 @ N/A

Baseball @ IU Southeast

CloseApril 6, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

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Doubleheader

Softball versus Asbury University

CloseApril 6, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

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