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

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Start of Second Semester

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Christmas/New Year's Recess

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Women's Basketball versus Cincinnati Christian University

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Men's Basketball versus Cincinnati Christian University

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Christmas/New Year's Recess

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Faculty/Staff Opening Day

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Registration

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Men's Basketball @ Milligan College

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Men's Basketball @ Union College

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Classes Begin

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Women's Basketball versus Carlow University

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Girls All "A" Tournament

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Eagles Basketball Doubleheader

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Your Eagles and Lady Eagles will be battling Point Park University. Women play at 2 PM. Men play at 4 PM.

Women's Basketball versus Point Park University

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Doubleheader

Men's Basketball versus Point Park University

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Homecoming Week

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Eagles Basketball Doubleheader

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Your Eagles and Lady Eagles will be playing conference foe Berea College. Women play at 6 PM, and the men will follow at 8.

PTO Meeting

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Women's Basketball versus Berea College

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Men's Basketball versus Berea College

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Last Day to Register, Drop/Add

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8th Grade Night

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Women's Basketball vs. SLCOP @ Asbury

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Men's Basketball vs. SLCOP @ Asbury

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Homecoming

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MS District Governor's Cup - Academics @ JBS

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Women's Basketball @ Indiana University Southeast

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Men's Basketball @ Indiana University Southeast

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JBS Sports Pictures & Re-Takes

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Opening Convocation

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Required of ALL students.

Opening Convocation: Aaron Wilburn

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Opening Convocation. Our guest will be inspirational musician Aaron Wilburn. Attendance is required of all students.
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Men's Basketball @ Indiana University Kokomo

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Women's Basketball @ Midway College

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Blood Drive

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Sponsored by the SGA and the Kentucky Blood Center, this drive is being promoted as the Big Blue Slam (January 27-31st). Every donor will get a free T-shirt and be entered to win an SEC package: 2 tickets for the Thursday through Sunday sessions at the Georgia Dome & 3 nights at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta.

Women's Basketball @ Brescia University

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Men's Basketball @ Brescia University

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JBS 3rd Quarter Mid-Term Ends

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Eagle Day Saturday

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Women's Basketball versus Indiana University Southeast

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Men's Basketball versus Indiana University Southeast

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