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Retired Teacher Keeps Choir Program Alive

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By Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A retired music teacher is not so retired anymore. She is now the choir director at Oliver Middle School, and is not getting paid a dime.

At the beginning of this school year Oliver Middle was without a choir teacher. Dr. Louchrisa High had played piano accompaniment for the choir before and decided she couldn't let the music die.

Once a week, after school, she teaches dozens of middle schoolers how to better use their voices.

Dr. High said it was no question whether she should step into the program.

"I wonder if I can spare some time to keep the music going," she said. "Because that's been a trend lately, because of budget cuts - cut the music, cut the arts. So I felt like this was something I could do to keep the music going."

Dr. High is the recipient of the National Black Educator of the Year award. She spent more than a half century teaching music and retired in 2005.

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