Former County Students Selected To Harding Music


The following former Rutherford County students have been selected as members of the 2016-17 Harding University Concert Choir.

Levi Haynes, criminal justice major from Smyrna (37167)
Perry Patton, marketing major from Murfreesboro (37129)

Under the direction of Dr. Kelly Neill, the group maintains an active schedule singing on campus, touring regionally, and performing with the University orchestra. In the last few years, the group has sung for Harding’s presidential inauguration as a part of a combined 250-voice choir, and performed for President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Parker Named To Orchestra

Faith Parker of Murfreesboro (37129) has been selected as a 2016-17 member of the Harding University Orchestra.

The orchestra utilizes University musicians who play violin, viola, cello or double bass. Wind and percussion chairs are reserved for University music majors only. Repertoire includes music for string orchestra and full orchestra genres.

In addition to performing regular concerts on campus, members of the orchestra may serve as the core players for the Homecoming musical orchestra each fall. Highly talented orchestra members may audition for positions in multiple University String Quartets. Some advanced student performers audition for vacancies in regional orchestras, where they gain experience in a professional context.
Harding is the largest private University in Arkansas, has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 23 consecutive years, and has been recognized as a top 25 school in the South. Harding also maintains study abroad programs in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information visit

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