On Monday, September 25th, ten of New Haven’s high school choir students auditioned for Missouri’s All-District choir.
All-District choir is a gathering of students from all around Missouri that identify different types of music through sight-singing, and singing a select Italian song in front of a table of judges. Students are judged on their accuracy of notes, rhythm, and identification of key signatures.
“It is very tough competition to get into this choir,” Mrs. Katherine Taylor, choral teacher for New Haven schools, mentioned.
Students from schools that span from New Haven to as far as Farmington travel to the selected school to audition. For students that are accepted into this elite choir, they will attend two rehearsals and have one performance.
While scores are not released back to the students, two of New Haven’s choir students were accepted into the Missouri All-District choir. Britany Willimann and Russell Pinnell are the only two New Haven students that were accepted.
Russell Pinnell also has the opportunity to audition for All-State choir. He scored into the top twenty basses section of all students that auditioned in the same section. This allows him the opportunity to not only participate in All-District choir, but he also has the chance to audition for All-State choir.
“[Russell] is, to my knowledge, the first student we have to earn the opportunity to audition for this choir (All-State),” Mrs. Taylor stated upon the achievement.
Russell Pinnell is a junior at New Haven High, and not only participates in choir, but band and marching band as well.
“I felt very confident, especially because it was my second year and I’ve been receiving private singing lessons,” Russell said when asked how he felt about the experience. “It helps people become more confident, face their fears, and have fun too.”
Britany Willimann is a senior at New Haven High and has participated in choir her entire elementary, middle, and high school careers. She has auditioned for district choir before, but this is her first time being accepted.
“I am practically bursting with excitement still,” Britany said, regarding her acceptance into All-District choir.
I asked Britany what she would like younger choir members to know who are considering auditioning for All-District choir, and she responded, “Do not be afraid: I didn’t get in for three years and I still went.”
The New Haven High School choir would like to congratulate these two students on their acceptance into All-District, and wish them well on their endeavors with this new experience.