Rita Young Allen, MA, MS

Allen Show Choir














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Allen Show Choir is a very active, dynamic group of high schoolers, grades 9 through 12, who have a love and dedication for vocal music.  They will be prepared to have a discipline that will allow them to become a vital part of this show choir enabling us to sing a wide variety of music with choreography and drama.  We will move from formal, classical music to casual country in jeans.  The two most important components of this choir are discipline and fun.  You must be able to be disciplined enough to fulfill your part without hesitation and be comfortable enough on stage so as to really enjoy the performances.  

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Hello, my name is Emily Quinn and I am a senior at Southside High School.  Due to Mrs. Rita's guidance, I have been awarded a full vocal scholarship to Jacksonville State University in the fall.  Singing has always been a major part of my life. While in the 5th grade, I was introduced to Mrs. Rita Allen and began aking voice lessons.  When the 7th grade began, I wanted to be a member of the Westbrook Show Choir, which was directed by Mrs. Rita.  Thanks to this choir, I certainly began to grow as a singer.  We performed such places as the mall, churches and Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Those experiences will remain in my heart forever.  I also had the chance to perform in plays such as "Les Mis" and "Phantom of the Opera" while attending Westbrook.  In the fall of 2000, Etowah County was blessed with "Etowah Live!"  Directed by Mrs. Rita, this choir has truly been an inspiration.  Focusing on the hard times in life with a positive outlook, this choir has helped people find Christ.  I decided to transfer from Westbrook to Southside for my 10th Grade year.  As I made this dramatic change, I was mainly discouraged due to leaving Mrs. Rita at Westbrook, but astonishingly she took a job at Southside High School as the Choir/Drama Teacher.  I could not have been happier.  While at Southside, Mrs. Rita helped change my heart, as well as many others.  We performed "Grease" our first year and did wonderfully.  Etowah Live! performed "No More Walls" at surrounding schools, churches, and public events.  This play truly helped me find my way to the most important time of my life.  My senior year, the year every teenager looks forward to, truly has shown to be my hardest working year so far.  With Mrs. Rita's guidance we began voice lessons in the fall to prepare for my scholarshipo auditions.  Learning two songs, which took time due to the level of difficulty, they both consumed much of my time.  I began to contact surrounding schools and found Jacksonville to be my favorite.  As it became time to audition, I was filled with nervousness and excitement.  I walked into the audition room to find a nice man, who calmed my fears.  This man was Dr. Brown and I regret not having the opportunity to be taught by him.  As I finished the audition, I felt filled deep down in my soul.  I truly believe that was the best I had ever done on the songs.  I do not know what tomorrow holds but I do know I will always have the memoires of God's wonderful talent inside which has taken me so far.  I would like to thank my Mom and Dad.  Without you I would have never made it this far.  Also, I would like to thank Mrs. Allen.  Mrs. Rita, it's hard to believe seven years have gone by.  You will always consume a large amount of my heart.  I love you and wish the best for you in the future.  ~Emily
 
The following video is "A Little Fall of Rain" from Les Mis with Emily and Joey Puckett....

I'm Allison Franklin and I will be graduating on May 20th.  All I can say is, how time flies!  The past 4 years have been the best years of my life.  When I began my freshman year, many people would tell me to enjoy my high school years because it would be over before I knew it.  Well, they were exactly right!  I began voice lessons with Mrs. Rita in the fall of 1999.  I have sung all of my life, but began taking voice lessons to perfect my voice.  Mrs. Rita introduced me to not only ways of making my voice stronger, but life lessons.  After a year of voice lessons, Mrs. Rita began a show choir for high school students around Etowah County called "Etowah Live!"  This was a great experience.  We performed at schools and church functions and were able to meet many new people.  The fall of 2003, Mrs. Rita began working with me on two songs to audition for a vocal scholarship at Jacksonville State University.  With Mrs. Rita's help and our hard work, I was blessed to receive a scholarship to JSU.  Although, after praying faithfully about the scholarship and different colleges, my parents and I felt that God was leading me to Gadsden State.  Here, I will go for two years and then transfer to JSU where I will pursue a bachelor's degree and then a master's degree in elemtary education.  Mrs. Rita, thank you so much for all the wonderful things you have done with me and my God-given talent.  Without you, I wouldn't have made it this far.  You have taught me so many things, spiritually and vocally.  I'm very grateful for you and your guidance.  I would also like to thank my parents.  Without your love and support, I wouldn't be here today.  You have raised me to walk with the Lord and to be Christ-like.  I hope I have made you proud.  I love you both very much!






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Show Choir is such a blessing.  It has taught me more self-discipline and responsibility.  Every day it is a new experience in Show Choir.  The unique people involved in our group are a joy.  Many wonderful opportunities and exciting experiences in my life have come from being in Show Choir.  It prepared me for drama evangelism on my mission trip last summer, and it has helped me become more comfortable with speaking in front of groups of people.  As you can see, Show Choir has been a big part of my life.  Mrs. Rita has influenced me musically as well as spiritually.  I enjoy all aspects of music.  I've been involved with Show Choir since 7th grade.  I have seen how much we have grown and how much we have accomplished.  I know that God has had his hand on this group, which is the main reason why I am proud to be in the Westbrook Show Choir.  ~Lauren Baum

My involvement in music, on stage, began when I started attending Westbrook Christian School in the 4th grade.  By the time I was in the 9th grade, Rita Allen created Westbrook's Show Choir.  This was an exciting time for me and became a turning point in my life.  I have been taking private voice lessons from Mrs. Rita to supplement all the training I have received over the past four years in Show Choir.  My love for music has grown under Mrs. Rita's instruction, as well as my desire to use my voice for the Lord.  Show Choir has allowed me many opportunities to sing for His glory.  I thank the Lord for the blessings I have received through Show choir, and I thank Mrs. Rita for the wonderful Christian example she has been to me through the years. My desire is to serve the Lord each day with a new song in my heart.  I plan to study Psychology at Asbury College in Kentucky.  ~Carrie Elrod

My name is Jared Gott.  I am 15 years old and in the tenth grade.  This is my first year in "Etowah Live!" and it's been great!  Getting ready for "Phantom of the Opera" has been a lot of fun.  I'd like to thank my family for all the help and encouragement they've given me throughout this semester.  I'd also like to thank Mrs. Allen and the other members of "Etowah Live!" for allowing me to be a part of this and for working so hard.  I'm really looking forward to the next few years and I hope everyone enjoys the show!

Show Choir has been an awesome experience and opportunity for me to express all the joy I have for music within my heart.  I has givenme the opportunity to use the knowledge of music I have as well as my  desire to use the gift God has given me.  Being in Show Choir, I feel that I have accomplished some pretty great things that have strengthened me in my level of music maturity.  Going to New York to sing in Carnegie Hall, having learned to sing five foreign language songs, I consider to be an experienc of a lifetime.  In doing so it has given me a greater aspiration to continue with music always throughout my life.  Music is a vital part of my life.  Life without singing or playing or hearing music would be lack of nourishment and I would just die.  I'm a unique individual who loves the feeling and every emotion in the music.  That's what I embrace in music.  When I sing something I like to make it my own - make it "my music" by singing it in a way that puts perspective in it of what it means to me.  I love Show Choir and have a blast being in it!  I want to continue to be in it throughout the rest of high school and grow stronger in the part I play in it.  I want to grow in dedication and diligence.  ~Margaret Martin

I love being in Show Choir because I love to sing and express myself.  Singing also gives me a joy knowing that I am putting a smile on someone else's face.  God has given me a voice and I am going to use it to it's fullest extent.  Each year that I have been in Show Choir it gets better and better.  If it is any better than last year, look out London, we're in for a thrill!  ~John Weber

Mrs. Rita, I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for our school and for what you have done to touch people’s life.  You are an amazing person and a great teacher.  I cannot wait till next year and make many more memoires with you and our SHS Choir.  I have had the best time.  I want to thank you for trying your hardest to do the Sound of Music.  That really touched my heart!  You have touched my life in every way and I want to say…thank you!  Love always, Melesa Fail

Mrs. Allen will definitely be my favorite teacher through my high school years.  She is such a great person and always knows the right things to say.  Choir is the best!  Stacy Thompson

This year has been a lot of fun for me.  For one thing, it is my SENIOR YEAR!!  Choir is so much fun!  I could not imagine my last two years without this class.  Choir has been more than just a class to me.  It has been the most awesome experience to me.  I have grown so much in this class. Mrs. Allen, I told you this not too long ago, but I want to add it on here because I never want you to forget it.  There is a book I read called Silver Boxes: The Gift of Encouragement.  It is a book relating to Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”  In the book a little girl says the verse is stating that our words should be gifts to teach other.  When I read that, you were the first person I thought of.  Everything you say is like a gift that you can’t wait to open.  I love you so much.  You are such an awesome person to be around.  You rarely have anything negative to say, and even when you do, it is followed by something positive to make it better.  I love that about you.  Every day I come into class wondering what you will have to tell us that is encouraging or just an awesome story that you have to tell.  I can’t wait until next semester; I know it will be just as much fun, if not more, as this semester.  Love in Christ, Heather Butler

I had a wonderful year and I know that choir was the biggest influence.  Ms. Allen, you have no idea how much your friendship means to me.  You have helped me more than you will ever know.  I just want to say thanks for opening your heart to me.  You are my hero, my idol, everything that means much in my life has come from you.  I love you with all my heart, Savannah

Mrs. Allen, I don’t believe you will ever know what choir has meant to me.  I have met and befriended people I didn’t ever think I would.  There are not many teachers that know the real me except for you.  This is my second year in Choir and I have enjoyed every moment of it.  Always remember…Mrs. Allen, I love you!  From your #1 Fan,  Dustin Phillips

I can’t believe I’m a senior this year!  This semester has been so much different than any other!  I have loved it!  Mrs. Allen, we all love you sooooooo much and please never forget that!  Emily Sheffield.

The Southside Choir has been a great inspiration for me!  It has given me confidence not only in myself but toward others also.  I feel that Mrs. Allen has been sent down from heaven above to help everyone who would let her.  She has helped me more than anyone could ever imagine.  Tuesday Marshall

Mrs. Allen, you have changed my life more than you will ever know.  I feel so relieved that you are my Choir Teacher.  Choir is the only place to release my feeling in God’s words and songs.  I look forward to being in your Choir class for the next two years.  Your positive attitude in life has helped me through the tough times in my life.  You are the sweetest and most positive person I know.  You have changed my life and I thank you for entering my life through Choir.  Love you lots!  Stacey Menouski?

I’ll never forget these last two years.  They have been the two best years of high school for me.  To be honest, when I first got in choir, I didn’t think I would like it.  It took me a while to get used to it, and now I don’t want to leave.  Brandon Ford

Well, it’s the end to another great semester in choir.  I have had so much fun with all the performances and making many new friends!  Mrs. Allen is such a great person and has influenced many people in many different ways.  She is truly one of the best people I know.  Bren Taylor

Mrs. Allen, I have really enjoyed your encouraging smiles and uplifting stories.  I will never forget to “Give Thanks” and “I Hope You Dance!”  Allison Graves

Mrs. Allen, This semester in choir was wonderful!  I have learned so many things from you this year, so many things I will never forget!  Thank you so much!  Love always, Amber Cannon

One of my favorite memories of choir, is just the time we have had during class!  Our class is the lifesaver of my day!  Mrs. Allen, I will miss you sooo much.  You have taught me so much this semester.  I am glad I had this chance to be in your class!  I know it was God’s plan for me to meet you!  I will never forget to sing with all of my heart!!!  I love you all, Jame’ Dunnington

Mrs. Allen, I have really enjoyed being in choir with you this semester.  You have taught me so much.  I look forward to the coming years in your class.  In your class, I can be the real me, and don’t have to worry about what other think.  Love always, Christina Vallejo

These two semesters I have been in choir have been wonderful.  Mrs. Allen has been a great Choir teacher and a wonderful friend to everyone.  She has a wonderful heart and everyone just loves her.   Brianna Wimpee

Ms. Allen, This semester of choir has been truly remarkable.  The songs that we sang and the message that we preached was full of hope and love for everyone.  I can never express in words my gratitude towards you and never thank you enough for your patience, your wisdom and your advice.  You are the back-bone of our choir and you make all this possible.  I will miss you next year.  Heather Bruce

Mrs. Rita, thank you so much for coming to Southside. You have meant so much to me these past two years.  I can’t even begin to describe the impact you have made.  We have had a tremendous year and touched many lives.  I really appreciate all you have done for me!  I hope you will always remember me because I don’t think I could forget you!  Love Always, Heather Sewell

Mrs. Allen, You are the greatest person I have ever met.  You have been there for me and I want to thank you!!  JSU was the greatest highlight of my Senior Year.  I want to thank you for allowing me to shine and thank you for giving me the chance to show the real me.  Kim

This semester has been the best.  I’ve never had an experience like Mrs. Allen’s class.  I was scared to sing, and embarrassed to sing in front of the school, but Mrs. Rita helped me overcome my fear and reach my goal.  So I recommend you take choir.  It will give you an experience you would never expect.  Mrs. Allen is a wonderful teacher and a good friend.  Stacy Lee Nevinski

Mrs. Rita, You’re a fun and exciting teacher.  I had a wonderful time in choir this semester.  The country show was a lot of fun!  I also had fun dancing to these songs.  Love, Amber Greer

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Keynote Speaking Professional / Concert Soloist / Published Author

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (Concentration in Counseling) from Jacksonville State University. Master of Science in Management Leadership (Healthcare Administration) from Troy University.

Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Minor in Music from Jacksonville State University.

Associate of Science in Music Education, Vocal Performance
with attendance to Snead State College, Gadsden State College, and Wallace State College.

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