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The high school senior will be performing at the Opryland Hotel next month

by: PHOTO BY ALEX BITZ - Erin Brookhart and Wyatt Moss singing at the 2013 Prineville Follies.

A love for music, and specifically singing, has landed Prineville’s Wyatt Moss the opportunity to perform at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. next month.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) selected Moss and three other Oregon high school students for a performance at a gala concert on Oct. 30, at the Opryland Hotel.

Moss will join more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled students from around the country.

A senior at Crook County High School (CCHS), Moss is a well-rounded student that stands out as a role model and an inspiration to other students.

Hannah Moorman, Choir Director for both the high and middle school, admires Wyatt’s dedication and hard work.

“Wyatt is a leader among his peers, serving as bass section leader, choir president, and a varsity member of the football team. His hard work as a four-year member of the CCHS Concert and Jazz choirs has truly paid off.”

Eligible students from around the country first qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and then competed against other top students for a spot in the national honor ensemble. Moorman understands what a huge honor this is for Moss.

“I am very proud that Wyatt was selected for the All-National Honor Choir. This will be a wonderful opportunity for him to sing in the famous Presidential Ballroom of the Opryland Hotel, and I know that he will represent Crook County well in Nashville.”

This is not the first time Moss’ singing talent has been recognized. In 2012, he was selected for the All-Northwest Honor Choir, performing in front of hundreds of people in Portland last January.

“I enjoyed participating in the All-Northwest Honor Choir last year, and I think that the All-National Choir will be even more challenging and exciting,” said Moss.

In about a week, he’ll be in Nashville, Tenn., practicing with the choir, participating in a songwriting class, and generally enjoying being with his musical peers.

“I’m a little anxious, but also very excited,” said Moss. “It’s amazing to sing with 350 other vocalists. I’m looking forward to that.”

The All-National Honor Choir is part of the All-National Honor Ensemble, which includes a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, and jazz ensemble. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately 350 vocalists.

Music is in Moss’ family blood. “My Mom (Renee Moss) plays the guitar and both my great-grandparents and grandparents were musicians, so it runs in my family,” said Moss.

“I started singing when I was eight with a boy’s choir in Prineville. When I was nine, I started learning the fiddle and that’s my main instrument now, although I do play the trombone with the concert band at CCHS.”

After graduating from CCHS in 2014, Moss plans on completing a two-year mission with his church and isn’t sure what his plans will be after that. Regardless of his future career, it’s clear that music will always be a part of Moss’ life.

“I probably won’t be involved with music as a profession, but I know I’ll always play music because I love to do it.”

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