Each member of the honor choir auditioned individually in front of Mrs. Taylor. The candidates sang an arrangement picked by Mrs. Taylor, and she announced who had made it after everyone had auditioned.
At the contest, choir members were judged on a scale from one to five, with one being the best and five being the worst. The choir performed two choral arrangements at the state competition, Misty Morning and Gaudeamus Hodie, and received an overall rating of a three on the performance. “We did really good, but I feel that we could have improved some aspects of the music as well,” Zoie Mathis explained.
Brittany Willimann stated, “The contest for me was pretty scary. It was a very large theatre, and the stage lights were very hot, but after the performance and sight reading were done, it was very fun to watch the other choirs and compare as well as do a little exploring of the building with my friends.”
After performing, the choir group sight-reads, or sings an unknown piece of music, after only having 30 seconds to practice. The choir received a four on this area of the contest. “The music was difficult to read,” senior Karissa Durbin commented. “It was hard with how little time there was to study the music. I feel we would have done better if the music wasn't in ¾ time.”
Once sight-reading was over, Mrs. Taylor took the group to watch different schools perform, including Hermann, Washington, and Owensville high schools. Washington and Hermann had their mixed choir, boys’ choir, and girls’ choir perform that day.
The choir will be attending the contest again next year in hopes to improve their rating and earn the “one” they have been longing to get.
-by Karissa Durbin