2009 Harmony Award
Winner - Mindy Flake
Each year the NPC High Country Barbershop Chorus recognizes a person that has contributed significantly to Harmony in the White Mountains.
The 2009 award recipient Mindy Flake was unable to attend the show this year, so John Welker (left) accepted the award from chorus president Ron LaMar (right) in her name. Here is the text of Ron's presentation:
"---This year’s winner is the choral teacher at Snowflake High School. She directs the Honor, and Madrigal Choirs, who have won many awards, including a National Championship a few years ago.
This past year, Snowflake Choir students earned 47 of the 100 total positions available on the Regional Honor Choir, including four students who were recognized as 1st Chair voices. We even have one of her students singing with us here today.
On behalf of the High Country Chorus I am proud to present the 2009 Harmony award to Mindy Flake.
Mindy could not be with us today, but accepting for her is John Welker."
Congratulations to our 2009 Harmony Award recipient
Previous winners have been Laburta Crockett (2008), Joanne Mills (2007), Scott Gentry (2006),
Cynthia Jellison (2005), and Jeanne Sonne (2004) .
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner - Bev Gries
L to R: Crystal Hall, Becky Robinson, Larry Gries, Doc Dockendorf
Doc Dockendorf presents the first ever
Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chorus
"In October 1989, a dancer came to live in the White Mountains, and following her dream, she started a Dance Studio. Since then, thousands of students, parents, and residents of the White Mountains have been touched by Miss Bev as she was fondly called.
We don’t have the time to go thru all of her many accomplishments, but we would like to say thank you to her for appearing and dancing in our 2007 show, “Thanks for the Memories”, and providing her dance students in last years production of “A Salute To Disney’s Favorite Songs”.
Her students appeared with the White Mountain Chorale, and Blue Ridge Talent Shows. She held annual Dance Recitals, and many productions of “The Nutcracker”. I was thrilled last December to appear with her in the 2008 production, as she played the Grandmother and danced, for what we knew would the very last time.
I would like to ask anyone who has taken a dance lesson from Bev Gries to stand. Any parent of a dance student please stand. Anyone who has seen her production of “The Nutcracker”, or a Dance Recital please stand. Finally anyone that has been touched by this wonderful woman please stand. Look around.
It is my honor, on behalf of the High Country Chorus to present a “Lifetime Achievement Award” to Bev Gries. “Fly Baby Fly!!!!”
Accepting for her family, is her daughter Crystal Hall, and Becky Robinson, who is running the Dance Studio, and continuing Bev’s work."
Bev Gries passed away in 2009.
Photos above: Conrad Monroe, 2009
Show Low 4th of July Parade
First Place Winner in "Non-Profit" Category
Photo: Rennie Crittenden, 2009
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