Concert Choir: The Returning Champions

JEREMY KING 5/12/2016

In case you weren’t already aware, the Concert Choir won the OSAA State Championships this year, their second consecutive win, directed by none other than Mrs. Patterson. All the members worked hard and dedicated time out of school for extra rehearsals, not to mention lunchtime rehearsals. Josephine Crofoot, who sang the solo in the closing song, admits that choir is exceptionally difficult: “A single piece can be very dense and involves the collaboration of at least four different vocal parts, and 45 people trying to blend their voices to sound like one.” But the hard clearly work paid off. She describes the performance as “incredibly rewarding, emotional, and a unifying experience.” The emotional power of that unifying experience draws people into choir; they seek the joy of creating beautiful art together. Theo Gorchels, who joined choir this year as a tenor, says it has “helped me find my true self, and I love the people in it.” On a similar note as Theo, I think choir has been the highlight of my senior year, helping me to recognize emotion, my own capabilities, and the beauty in the world. I love everyone in choir and will never forget powerful bond we formed while creating music together.

 

Joesphine Quote Concert choir worked really hard this year, not just for state, but for our performance in Seattle back in March. While yes, we do meet for nearly 4 hours a week, just counting regular class time, and you might think that’s a lot of time to just spend singing, it takes a lot of practice and focus! Especially before state, we would met in sections during lunch todo is on our own parts. A single piece can be very dense and involves the collaboration of at least four different vocal parts, and 45 people trying to blend their voices to sound like one. That said, we picked up two new pieces to add to our state set just three weeks beforehand, which meant a lot of us spent multiple lunch breaks in the choir room rehearsing. We also had three evening rehearsals on the three weeks leading up to State,  one with a clinician, and prior to those, we’d been to OSU, U of O, Lewis and Clark, and U of W, and worked with their directors as well. This year was a big year, we pushed really hard for our Seattle performance, and our efforts were renewed for state. It was a lot of work, leaning ute individual part, coming to class to be present and focused, and dedicating hours outside of class to create a powerful performance. Just singing in the George Fox theater was incredibly rewarding, emotional, and unifying experience, and walking off the stage I could tell we all felt fulfilled. Winning for the second year in a row was absolutely incredible, but the best part by far, was sharing it with the most talented, caring, and hardworking people I will know. We all worked really hard, and it definitely paid off.

 

Theo:Joining choir this year has impacted my life since the first day I was in it and is still to this day. Choir is what made me want to explore:extracurricular activities that helped me find my true self, and I love the people in it. The school trips we take throughout the year are unforgettable

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