LIBERTY — Liberty High School's Chamber Choir was named a winner in the high school division of the American Prize in choral music. 

The American Prize recognizes and rewards best performances by American choruses, based on submitted recordings, according to The American Prize website,

This national recognition earned the group an invitation to sing at state and national choral conventions later this school year.

"The LHS Chamber Choir is an extracurricular group that meets once a week on Monday evenings," Choral Director Rika Heruth said. "Students maintain high academic standings in our school and work diligently to prepare their music on their own."

With a strong fine arts background in the city of Liberty, Heruth said the group is proud to be awarded the honor, adding that Liberty is also home to another American Prize winner, William Jewell's choir.

"It is huge," Heruth said, "to have two choirs from the Liberty community achieving these awards."

The William Jewell Concert Choir was awarded second place for The American Prize in Choral Performance in the college/university division for the second time in its history.

Directed by Dr. Anthony Maglione, director of choral studies and assistant professor of music, the Jewell Concert Choir is an auditioned 40-voice undergraduate ensemble with students from a variety of majors. It was among 18 programs named semifinalists for the 2019 American Prize and won second place in the same category in 2015.

Both Maglione and Ian Coleman, professor of music and chair, were selected as semifinalists in 2015 in the category of composition in the professional choral division.

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