Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®)

A MIOSM Message from Catherine Truitt
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction

North Carolina Celebrates with We Rise

The North Carolina Music Educators Association is proud to share the NCMEA Virtual Choir Performance of NC Composer Adam Mitchell’s We Rise! The choir includes 100 NC Student Vocalists from Elementary, Middle and High Schools from the Mountains to the Sea! Teachers from every NCMEA District participated in this collaborative effort to engage, connect and inspire children and communities through song.

In addition, permissions are granted for NC Music Educators to use We Rise for their Music In Our Schools Month 2021 Celebration. Digital performances of We Rise may be posted or shared within your school community and on social media. Please tag @adamusicman, #NCMEA, #MIOSM and #KernersvilleVirtualChoirProject. Permissions are also hereby granted to post performances to YouTube. If you have any questions specific to copyright, please contact the composer at [email protected].


For further information please see the We Rise press program (pdf).



Music & lyrics for We Rise were composed by Adam Mitchell, Music Teacher at Cash Elementary School, Kernersville, NC. Mr. Mitchell is a native of Wilmington, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Voice and Music Education. He is currently the general music teacher at Cash Elementary where he teaches kindergarten through fifth grade music, and is the founding director of the Cash Elementary Cougar Chorus.

Hear the SATB Version of We Rise on YouTube. Also, We Rise is available to purchase at J. W. Pepper.



Biff Watson, Nashville Studio Musician and member the Country Music Association Board of Directors recorded the guitar accompaniment and created the beautiful audio mix for We Rise for NCMEA’s celebration of MIOSM®. Biff has been involved since 1971 in the Nashville music industry as a session musician, producer, writer, publisher and manager. He has been featured in Guitar Player, Guitar World and MIX magazines and is a two-time Academy of Country Music nominee for Guitar Player of the Year. Learn more about him at his website


SoundLizzard Productions, LLC is doing the final production on the We Rise virtual choir. SoundLizzard is a production company based in the heart of the Triad in NC that works closely with musicians, designers, artists, and organizations in live production, recording projects, film and video projects, festivals and events, and equipment training and optimization. SLP collaborates with other independent businesses and freelancers to complete complex projects to execute a high quality product with a quick completion time. Founded in 2003 as a live sound and on-location recording business, SLP has a well-respected history of fostering partnerships and setting their clients up for success.

SLP recently launched a sister company called TRAINcycle (2020) which hosts educational training opportunities for those studying or working in the arts and entertainment industry bridging a connection to industry professionals.