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Congratulations to E.E. Smith High School Band Director Roosevelt Pratt for recently being presented the North Carolina Bandmasters Association’s Award of Excellence as the Southeastern District Nominee. This coveted award recognizes Pratt’s outstanding achievements and contributions to Public School Bands. The plaque reads: “Through professional leadership, you [Roosevelt Pratt, Jr.] have inspired and motivated excellence in Instrumental Music Performance. Your record of service to our profession is one your colleagues see and admire as well as serve as a model to others.”

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2018 North Carolina Honors Chorus and Orchestra

Every year, The NC Music Educators Association (NCMEA) sponsors three Honors Choral Clinic and concerts for auditioned elementary, middle, and high school choral students from across the state. The three choral groups performed at the NCMEA In-Service Conference on Sunday, November 11 at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem. For 2018, Cumberland County Schools was honored to have 10 elementary. middle and high school students selected for participation in the NC Honors Chorus Clinics and concerts. NCMEA also sponsors a statewide Honors Orchestra Clinic and concert for outstanding students. Cumberland County Schools was honored to have four high school students selected by audition for participation in the clinic and concerts.




The Arts Education Program offers a wide variety of opportunities for student participation and learning.  At the elementary level, visual arts and music are presented to all students as an ongoing curricular subject to encourage their artistic and creative development.  At the middle and high school levels, students may select for study courses in Band, Choral Music, General Music, Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, and Dance.  Beginning at the fifth grade level, the String Orchestra program is offered to all interested fifth and sixth grade students as part of a sequential instructional program (grades 5-12) to develop fine motor skills, aural development, and background for success in instrumental music.

 As an outgrowth of the Arts Education Instructional Program, artistic opportunities such as All-County Middle and High School Band, All-County Chorus, All-County Dance, All-County Theatre Festival, Cumberland County Youth Orchestra, Cumberland County Middle School Youth Orchestra, Fall & Spring Evenings of Dance, Summer Orchestra Workshop, Spring Orchestra Festival, High School Juried Art Show and the annual Cross Creek Mall Visual Arts Exhibit are sponsored for the development of the higher achieving student. Our students and performing ensembles have a strong tradition of consistently receiving numerous awards, recognitions, scholarships, and advance placements in various local district, and state competitions, festivals, and performing arenas.

In addition to curricular offerings, the Arts Education Program provides a range of cultural opportunities for all students. Through a partnership with the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, the Artist-in-Schools Program provide the services of professional artists and performing arts companies for workshops, residencies, and performances at a low cost. Each year, third, fourth and fifth grade students look forward to attending performances of the Fayetteville Symphony, Nutcracker Ballet and the North Carolina Symphony. To provide these and many more opportunities for student learning, the Arts Education program joins with many state and community organizations and agencies such as the North Carolina Symphony, Fayetteville Symphony, the North Carolina State Ballet, Methodist College, Fayetteville State University, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Cape Fear Studios, and the North Carolina Arts Council to provide opportunities for student learning in the Arts.


Published by Jennifer Chapman on January 7, 2019

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