April 20, 2015

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy fourth grader Jake Scott of West Chester was chosen to perform in the Children's Honor Choir at the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City this February. Jake’s audition tape was one of only 310 selected from a nationwide pool. In addition to its show at the conference, the Children’s Honor Choir had the privilege of performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

“Music is integrated throughout the curriculum at Mars Hill Academy” said Grammar School Principal James Waldy. “Song is utilized in our teaching of Bible, math, geography and history, so our students sing throughout the day. Jake was chosen for this honor based on his vocal talent, and we are pleased that he, and all of our students, have many opportunities to lift their voices in song beyond the actual music class.”

Jake began voice lessons at nine years old, according to his mother, Deb Scott. “Jake sings all the time at home, but we never thought much about it until his piano teacher convinced us he had a special gift for singing. We enrolled him in voice lessons because he enjoyed it so much, never imagining he would win any honors.”

Photo: Mars Hill Academy fourth grader Jake Scott of West Chester (far right) is shown singing Latin songs with his classmates. Jake was one of only 310 chosen to perform with the American Choral Directors Association’s Children’s Honor Choir in Salt Lake City. Singing is an integral part of the entire classical and Christian curriculum at Mars Hill.