Western Bradford Notebook: Troy choir member takes part in All-State Chorus Concert
TROY - Clay Morgan of Gillett has a remarkable voice.
And he's made a remarkable achievement.
The 17-year-old senior at Troy Area Junior-Senior High School, a member of the high school concert choir and the select chamber choir, recently competed at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Chorus Concert at the historic Warner Theatre in Erie.
A low bass, Clay joined 239 other gifted singers from across the state for the concert, which was held earlier this month.
"It's pretty select company," said John Wile, the high school choral director.
John said that Clay is the first male student at Troy to qualify for the All-State Chorus Concert in at least 15 years.
He said Clay has "one of the biggest voices I ever experienced."
"He is very talented, he is naturally talented."
He noted that Clay has a very professional sounding voice, and it's notable for someone so young to be so gifted.
"He has a very mature voice," John commented. "He's been a great addition to the choral program. He's enhanced every ensemble he's been a part of."
He said Clay is a role model to younger singers, and is very pleasant and polite.
On a rather astonishing note, Clay said it's his first year singing with the high school concert choir, which he says is a lot of fun.
John said it's rare for a student to make it all the way to states, after being involved in the choir for only one year. He compared it to playing the piano without lessons.
Clay said that he likes the group of people that he works with at the high school.
Clay was "shocked" to be selected for the state chorus concert. He went through four auditions as he advanced to the states. John said that Clay was competing against extremely gifted singers.
As he advanced to each level, Clay said the quality of talent got better.
"He continued to thrive, even against the top competition," John said.
Clay was impressed by the Warner Theatre, which he said had "intricate moulding all over the place."
John said that Clay "fit in fine" with the other top-notch singers at the All-State Chorus Concert, and had a good time there.
In addition, Clay sings with his church choir at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Horseheads, N.Y. He said that his friends encouraged him to sing.
Clay also takes part in competitive archery, and participated in the I.B.O. World competition near Seven Springs Mountain Resort, winning fourth place.
As for the future, Clay plans to get some work experience following graduation and then go to trade school for carpentry.
He is the son of John and Michelle Morgan.
You can catch Clay at the upcoming spring choral concert at Memorial Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10 in Troy.
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