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Music teacher Ian J. Knighton, a former reality TV show semi-finalist, and 200 scholars at Ivy Preparatory Academy Kirkwood received thunderous applause for their  Black History Month choral performance recently.

The African-American Cultural Event featured African dance numbers, a hip-hop routine, drumming, poetry, and music performed by scholars, teachers, and special guests. More than 170 parents and community members came to the show to see students from Ivy Preparatory Young Men’s Leadership Academy and Ivy Preparatory Kirkwood School for Girls take center stage.

Knighton is an award-winning singer and veteran music teacher. He became a television reality star in 2009 when he landed a spot on BET’s “Sunday Best” music competition. He was also chosen by judges in Sacramento, Calif. to be a contestant on the debut of “The X Factor” on the Fox television network.”

For more on Ivy Chorale, visit Ivy Prep’s Facebook account for photos of the performance and view this local news story:

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