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

April 2013
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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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Doubleheader
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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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Doubleheader
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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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Doubleheader
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ALC Pre-Registration for Fall Semester

CloseApril 8, 2013 @ N/A
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ALC Pre-Registration for Fall Semester

CloseApril 8, 2013 @ N/A

ALC Blood Drive

CloseApril 9, 2013 @ N/A

Blood Drive

CloseApril 9, 2013 @ N/A

JBS 4th Quarter Mid-Term Grades Due

CloseApril 9, 2013 @ N/A

Softball versus Berea College

CloseApril 9, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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ALC Pre-Registration for Fall Semester

CloseApril 8, 2013 @ N/A

Eagles Baseball versus Virginia Intermont

CloseApril 10, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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ALC Pre-Registration for Fall Semester

CloseApril 8, 2013 @ N/A

ALC All Campus Cookout

CloseApril 11, 2013 @ N/A

The Voices of Appalachia Spring Concert

CloseApril 11, 2013 @ N/A

Voices of Appalachia Spring Concert

CloseApril 11, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

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The Voices of Appalachia, ALC’s college choir, will present selections from their spring tour.
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ALC Floyd County Alumni Banquet

CloseApril 12, 2013 @ N/A

Softball versus Midway College

CloseApril 12, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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ACT Test Date

CloseApril 13, 2013 @ N/A

ALC Spring Formal

CloseApril 13, 2013 @ N/A

Eagle Day Saturday

CloseApril 13, 2013 @ N/A

Baseball versus Berea College

CloseApril 13, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Doubleheader

Softball versus UC Clermont

CloseApril 13, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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Baseball versus Berea College

CloseApril 14, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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JBS K-9 Achievement Tests

CloseApril 15, 2013 @ N/A

Baseball versus University of Pikeville

CloseApril 15, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

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a single, 9-inning game
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JBS K-9 Achievement Tests

CloseApril 15, 2013 @ N/A

ALC Athletic Awards

CloseApril 16, 2013 @ N/A

Honors Day *Required of ALL students.

CloseApril 16, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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This convocation is dedicated to honoring students for academic excellence.
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JBS K-9 Achievement Tests

CloseApril 15, 2013 @ N/A

Pre-Registration (for Fall Semester)

CloseApril 17, 2013 @ N/A

Eagles Baseball Senior Day

CloseApril 17, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

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SENIOR DAY celebration
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JBS K-9 Achievement Tests

CloseApril 15, 2013 @ N/A

Pre-Registration (for Fall Semester)

CloseApril 17, 2013 @ N/A

ALC Student Work Awards Convocation

CloseApril 18, 2013 @ N/A

ALC Work Study Day

CloseApril 18, 2013 @ N/A

Work-Study Day

CloseApril 18, 2013 @ N/A

Student Work Awards *Required of ALL students. Casual dress.

CloseApril 18, 2013 @ 10:00 am

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This hour is dedicated to honoring students for their achievements within ALC’s Student Work Program.

Student Work Awards Convocation

CloseApril 18, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
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Pre-Registration (for Fall Semester)

CloseApril 17, 2013 @ N/A

ALC Spring Board Meeting

CloseApril 19, 2013 @ N/A
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Pre-Registration (for Fall Semester)

CloseApril 17, 2013 @ N/A

Eagle Day Saturday

CloseApril 20, 2013 @ N/A

Softball versus Brescia University

CloseApril 20, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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Pre-Registration (for Fall Semester)

CloseApril 17, 2013 @ N/A

Softball versus Brescia University

CloseApril 21, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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Pre-Registration (for Fall Semester)

CloseApril 17, 2013 @ N/A
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Softball versus UPike

CloseApril 23, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

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doubleheader
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Baseball versus Brescia University

CloseApril 24, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

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KIAC Tournament Opening Round @ IU Southeast
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Softball @ Point Park University

CloseApril 26, 2013 @ 11:56 am

Softball @ Point Park University

CloseApril 26, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
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Eagle Day Saturday

CloseApril 27, 2013 @ N/A

JBS Prom

CloseApril 27, 2013 @ N/A

Softball @ Carlow University

CloseApril 27, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
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ALC Final Exams

CloseApril 29, 2013 @ N/A

Final Exams Week

CloseApril 29, 2013 @ N/A

KIAC Golf Tournament

CloseApril 29, 2013 @ 9:00 am

KIAC Golf Tournament

CloseApril 29, 2013 @ 9:00 am
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ALC Final Exams

CloseApril 29, 2013 @ N/A

Final Exams Week

CloseApril 29, 2013 @ N/A

KIAC Golf Tournament

CloseApril 30, 2013 @ 9:00 am
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ALC Final Exams

CloseApril 29, 2013 @ N/A

Final Exams Week

CloseApril 29, 2013 @ N/A
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JBS Senior Spotlight

CloseMay 2, 2013 @ N/A

JBS Senior Spotlight

CloseMay 2, 2013 @ N/A
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Softball versus Point Park University

CloseMay 3, 2013 @ 10:00 am

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KIAC Tournament
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ALC Baccalaureate & Commencement

CloseMay 4, 2013 @ N/A

ALC Baccalaureate/Commencement

CloseMay 4, 2013 @ N/A

SAT Test Date

CloseMay 4, 2013 @ N/A