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

April 2014
S M T W T F S
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Baseball versus Johnson University

CloseMarch 31, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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Softball versus Asbury University

CloseApril 1, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

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Doubleheader

Elaine McMillion: Hollow Documentary

CloseApril 1, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

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Alice Lloyd College will be treated to a very special event as award-winning documentary filmmaker Elaine McMillion presents her most recent project, Hollow.
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Softball versus Asbury University

CloseApril 2, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

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Doubleheader
3

Spring Play

CloseApril 3, 2014 @ N/A

Eagle Theatre Spring Play: Censored on Final Approach

CloseApril 3, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

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ALC’s Eagle Theatre presents its spring production, Censored on Final Approach. STUDENTS: If you bring a canned food item with you to this convo, you may wear casual clothes.
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Spring Play

CloseApril 3, 2014 @ N/A

Golf @ Berea Spring Tee Off Tournament

CloseApril 4, 2014 @ N/A

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@ Battlefield Golf Club in Richmond, KY
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Alumni Board Meeting

CloseApril 5, 2014 @ N/A

Golf @ Berea Spring Tee Off Tournament

CloseApril 5, 2014 @ N/A

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@ Battlefield Golf Course in Richmond, KY

Spring Alumni Board Meeting

CloseApril 5, 2014 @ 11:00 am

Alice Lloyd - Stay On, Stranger

CloseApril 5, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

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Jacqueline Hamilton plays Alice Lloyd in this performance of the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Kentucky Chautauqua. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Baseball @ Point Park University

CloseApril 5, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

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"Alice Lloyd: Stay On, Stranger" - A Kentucky Chautauqua Performance

CloseApril 5, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

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The Kentucky Humanities Council’s Jacqueline Hamilton visits us to perform her skit as Alice Lloyd.

Softball versus Midway College

CloseApril 5, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

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Doubleheader.
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Baseball @ Point Park University

CloseApril 6, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

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Doubleheader.

Softball versus Midway College

CloseApril 6, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

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Doubleheader.
7

Pre-Registration

CloseApril 7, 2014 @ N/A
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Pre-Registration

CloseApril 7, 2014 @ N/A

Blood Drive

CloseApril 8, 2014 @ N/A

Baseball versus Hiwassee College

CloseApril 8, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

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Doubleheader

Softball @ Berea College

CloseApril 8, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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Pre-Registration

CloseApril 7, 2014 @ N/A

Baseball versus UPike

CloseApril 9, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

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9 innings
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Pre-Registration

CloseApril 7, 2014 @ N/A

All-Campus Cookout

CloseApril 10, 2014 @ N/A

Voices of Appalachia Spring Concert

CloseApril 10, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

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Event will be held on the lawn in front of Miss June’s House.

Voices of Appalachia Spring Concert

CloseApril 10, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

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Event will be held on the lawn in front of Miss June’s House.

Voices of Appalachia Spring Concert

CloseApril 10, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

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Alice Lloyd’s choir, the Voices of Appalachia, present their spring concert. The event will be held on the lawn in front of Miss June’s House.
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4th Quarter Mid-Term Ends

CloseApril 11, 2014 @ N/A

Softball versus Carlow University

CloseApril 11, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

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Doubleheader

Floyd County Alumni Banquet

CloseApril 11, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

Spring Alumni Banquet @ Jenny Wiley State Park

CloseApril 11, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

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This annual alumni banquet is hosted by Alice Lloyd College each spring at Jenny Wiley State Park.
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Golf @ Berea College

CloseApril 12, 2014 @ N/A

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Ryder Cup-style friendly at Gibson Bay Golf Course in Richmond, KY.

Softball versus Carlow University

CloseApril 12, 2014 @ 11:00 am

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Doubleheader

Men's Tennis vs. SLCOP @ Asbury

CloseApril 12, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

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Matches will be played at Asbury University.

Men's Tennis @ Asbury University

CloseApril 12, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

Baseball @ Brescia University

CloseApril 12, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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Baseball @ Brescia University

CloseApril 13, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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Honors Day

CloseApril 15, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

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Required of students, faculty, and staff.

Honors Day

CloseApril 15, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

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This convocation is dedicated to honoring students for academic excellence. All students are required to attend.
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Student Work Awards Convocation

CloseApril 17, 2014 @ N/A

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Required of students, faculty, and staff. Work-Study Olympics will follow this convocation.

Work-Study Day

CloseApril 17, 2014 @ N/A

Student Work Awards

CloseApril 17, 2014 @ 10:00 am

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This convocation will honor students for their achievements within the Student Work Program. Attendance is required of all students. Students are allowed to wear casual clothes.

Baseball versus Asbury University

CloseApril 17, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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Good Friday

CloseApril 18, 2014 @ N/A

Good Friday

CloseApril 18, 2014 @ N/A

Baseball versus Asbury University

CloseApril 18, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

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Doubleheader – SENIOR DAY

Softball @ Point Park University

CloseApril 18, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

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Doubleheader
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Softball @ Point Park University

CloseApril 19, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

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Doubleheader
20 21

JBS K-9 Achievement Test

CloseApril 21, 2014 @ N/A
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JBS K-9 Achievement Test

CloseApril 21, 2014 @ N/A

Golf @ KIAC Championships

CloseApril 22, 2014 @ N/A

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Event hosted at Gibson Bay Golf Course in Richmond, KY.
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JBS K-9 Achievement Test

CloseApril 21, 2014 @ N/A

Golf @ KIAC Championships

CloseApril 23, 2014 @ N/A

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The event will be played at Gibson Bay Golf Course in Richmond, KY.

Baseball versus IU Southeast in KIAC Tournament

CloseApril 23, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

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First round of the KIAC Baseball Tournament in Knoxville, TN.
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JBS K-9 Achievement Test

CloseApril 21, 2014 @ N/A
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Spring Board Meeting

CloseApril 25, 2014 @ N/A

Men's Tennis versus IU Southeast @ KIAC Tournament

CloseApril 25, 2014 @ 10:00 am

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Matches played at the Lexington Tennis Club.

Baseball versus Asbury @ KIAC Tournament

CloseApril 25, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

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Tournament location: Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, TN

Softball vs. IU Southeast @ Knott County Park

CloseApril 25, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

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Doubleheader @ Knott County Park
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JBS Prom (Tentative)

CloseApril 26, 2014 @ N/A

Softball versus IU Southeast

CloseApril 26, 2014 @ 11:00 am

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Doubleheader
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Final Exams Week

CloseApril 28, 2014 @ N/A
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Final Exams Week

CloseApril 28, 2014 @ N/A
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Final Exams Week

CloseApril 28, 2014 @ N/A
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Senior Spotlight

CloseMay 1, 2014 @ N/A
2

Academic/Athletic Awards

CloseMay 2, 2014 @ N/A

Softball versus Asbury University @ KIAC Tournament

CloseMay 2, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

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Elimination game. The game will be played at Madison Southern High School.
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Baccalaureate/Commencement

CloseMay 3, 2014 @ 10:30 am

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Baccalaureate begins at 10:30 AM. Commencement exercises are scheduled for 12:15 PM. We will have more details soon!

ALC Graduation

CloseMay 3, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

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Alumni are always welcome on graduation day! We hope you’ll come.