2019 ALL-STATE CHOIR ACCOMPANISTS
James Newsome is a senior at Capital High School in Charleston, WV. James was the Assistant Drum Major for Capital in 2016 and Drum Major for the 2017 season. In addition to his musical work at Capital High School, James has performed in various other groups including, WVU Honor Band in 2015, WV All-State Band in 2015, Kanawha All-County Band in 2014, 2015, and 2016. James has also performed in a number of concerts as a guest musician with the WV State University concert band. In 2016, James served as the accompanist for the WV All-State Chorus. Beyond his interest in music, James has studied martial arts for 9 years. He has achieved his Second Degree black belt and has won various medals in local, state, regional, and national tournaments. He plans to study Music Education in college and is still considering several schools.
Assistant Student Accompanist:
Caitlin Watkins is a freshman at Oak Hill High School in Oak Hill, WV. During the 2017-2018 school year, Caitlin has served as piano accompanist for OHHS Show Choir, and is All County Accompanist for Fayette County this year. She is also a member of OHHS concert, jazz and marching bands. Caitlin is the substitute accompanist at her home parish Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill. Caitlin would like to attend the University of Tennessee and major in Music and Orthopedic Bio Engineering after graduating from high school.