Elizabeth Mixon, Northwestern High School's choral director since 1999, will be leaving on a high note.
Mixon announced recently, much to the chagrin of her students, that she would step down at the end of the year to assume the job of testing coordinator for Northwestern. One of the attractions of the new post is a regular schedule without nighttime or weekend hours.
Mixon inherited a strong program from Vic Varner, who had served as NHS choral director for 14 years. But she has more than sustained that vaunted tradition during her tenure as director.
She has led the Troubadors to the state title in six of the past seven years. The Troubadors and the Trouveres, a select group of Troubadors, have performed in cities across the nation, have won prestigious awards in a variety of national competitions and are recognized internationally for their excellence.
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Mixon has stressed that although she is devoted to music, her biggest motivation is the desire to make a difference in the lives of her students. Clearly she has succeeded in touching the lives of hundreds of teenagers who have benefited not only from what she has taught them but also from simply knowing her.
We join a grateful community in wishing her well in her new job.
Northwestern High's choral director made a difference in the lives of her students.