The New Haven High School choir and band performed at East Central College (ECC) for their district performances. The choir sang on Thursday, March 22, and the band played on Friday, March 23. The choir, led by Mrs. Katherine Taylor, sang “Be Still Nightingale” by Jerry Estes and “Winter Wolf” by Amy F. Bernon. The band, led by Mrs. Mandy Koch, played "Whispers" by Sandy Feldstein and Larry Clark, as well as the song "Triumphs!" by Joshua V. Hinkel.
When at ECC, each of the performances was judged on a scale from 1-5 (1 being the best and 5 being the worst.) This scale was used for their practiced songs as well as the sight reading portions. Both the choir and band received a 2 rating.
Angel Koch, an alto of New Haven’s choir, was asked if she was nervous to go to districts. She replied, “I mean, I was a little nervous, but after we got on stage it felt like we were just back in our choir room [at the high school].”
She was also asked how she thought the choir did as a whole performing their songs. “I feel like we did good with our songs, but we could have done better with sight reading.” Angel added, “Even with us getting a 2 [rating], Mrs. Taylor was really happy. She told us good job and everything, which I think added more confidence to the rest of the choir.”
Kamryn Poe, a soprano in the choir, was asked how she would summarize her feelings throughout the day at ECC.
“Before we performed, I was really nervous. This being my third year, I should know what to expect, but it always seems different. However, once we got on stage, I let those nerves pass and just focused on the choir. I knew we could do this. Afterwards, I knew we could’ve done better, but this was the first time in a long time that we had brought the entire choir. So I was very pleased.”
Russell Pinnell, a bass in the choir, was questioned about his favorite part of this year’s district choir. He said, “Getting a one [on solo] because I get to go to state. My solos were ‘Caro mio ben’ by Giuseppe Giordani and ‘Sebben Crudele’ by Antonio Caldara.”
Keagan Huff, who plays percussion in the band, was asked how he thought he and the band did. He responded:
“For my solo, I think that I did [a fairly good job]. I had to play two songs. On the first one, I kind of stumbled up a little bit but I got back on track. On the second song, I think that I did really well. The first song that I did is what got me a two [rating] instead of a one. For the whole band’s performance, I thought we sounded great in the auditorium, at least from where I was [which was] in the back. In the sight reading room, the other percussionist and I didn’t stop where the rest of the band did, so we were freaking out. Overall, the judges gave us a two [rating] in the auditorium [performance] and a one [rating] in sight reading.”
Congratulations to the NHHS band and choir for their high rankings in their performances and hard work preparing for districts.