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Choral Students will perform at ACDA National Convention in Miami, March 7-10

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – (Jan. 10, 2007) – Three Tidewater Community College choral students from the Portsmouth Campus auditioned for - and won - places in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) 2007 National Two-Year College Honor Choir.

Benjamin Jones, bass; Lauren Nespoli, soprano; and Sean Savage, tenor, were chosen to participate in the choir which is part of the ACDA’s national convention in Miami, Fla., March 7-10. The students will sing with 183 two-year college students from across the nation selected to participate in this event. Their concert will highlight the convention program on March 10.

Two of the three Honor Choir winners from TCC - Nespoli and Savage - also were among the first class of TCC Diehn Choral Scholars. The F. Ludwig Diehn Fund of The Norfolk Foundation awarded the new chorus scholarships, beginning this academic year. As a result, six students will receive supporting scholarships annually through May 2009.

Performing for the ACDA bears much weight in the music world. The ACDA is the principal professional organization in the United States representing choral directors at all levels: community, children’s and adult choirs as well as academic choirs at all levels - public and private, elementary, secondary and collegiate - and professional groups. 

The 2007 Miami convention will feature concerts by three honor choirs, four international choirs and 32 invited choirs from across the nation, as well as many workshops and demonstrations for directors. Convention attendance, including delegates, performers and vendors, will approach 15,000.


MEDIA NOTE:  For more information or to interview the choral students and director, contact Laurie White, 822-1085 or

Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit