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6The Tar HeelTuesday, July 14, 1987
UNC secretary to sing
in two Festival events
By JOANNE GORDON
Vocalists spend years working
their way to stardom, sometimes
never finding their lucky break.
But Sharon Horton's lucky break
came by chance.
Horton, graduate secretary of
the School of Journalism, will sing
the National Anthem in the open
ing ceremonies of two U.S. Olym
pic Festival events.
A couple of months ago, Fes
tival volunteer Callie Warner
entered the office of the School
of Journalism in Howell Hall.
While she was in the office, she
overheard Horton humming a
gospel tune. Warner asked Horton
if she would be interested in
singing the National Anthem
during the Festival.
"I heard her voice and I thought,
'This is a singer " Warner
recalled. "She was very shocked
when 1 asked her to audition."
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Horton said, "Before, I thought
it would be neat to work with the
Olympic Festival. I wanted to
dance. But I never did anything
or called. Then she came into the
office and called me to audition."
Horton will sing the National
Anthem a capella on July 24 at
UNCs Astroturf field for the field
hockey competition, and again on
July 26 at NCCU in Durham for
the synchronized swimming
"She has a very powerful voice,"
Warner said. "She has a style all
Warner said other National
Anthem singers included the UNC
Loreleisv several mother-daughter
duos, four different barbershop
quartets, and former U.S. Whis
tling Champion Eric Vernon, who
will whistle the anthem at the July
18 diving competition in Raleigh.
As the time to perform nears,
Horton has become anxious. "I
Sharon Horton will sing the
was excited, now I'm getting
nervous . . . I'm still enthused but
it's not the same as singing in front
of people of the church," she said.
"It might not be a large crowd
but with it being a special event,
it makes me nervous."
Horton is also nervous about
singing the anthem a capella. "It
would be different with music.
That way I would be starting on
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National Anthem at the field hockey competition on campus
the right key, not too high and
not too low," she said.
"The National Anthem is a hard
song to sing and is not one of my
favorites. If I could choose the
song I would feel more comfor
table. When it comes to contem
porary gospel I could sing any
song and be comfortable," she
Gospel music is her speciality.
"I enjoy singing and contemporary
gospel is my favorite," she said.
Horton, who is a soprano, sings
in her church choir at Liberty
Chapel Church in Moncure and
is often asked to solo when she
attends other area churches and
for weddings. Surprisingly, Hor
ton does not like to do solos
but will still perform when asked.
Until now Horton has not sung
professionally, although she has
been asked to participate in a mass
Perhaps the Festival will be her
"lucky break" into the recording
business. But for now, she is happy
at the School of Journalism.
"I enjoy working at the School
of Journalism and working with
the people here. It's like a second
family," she said.
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