Our Concert Choir and our Mixed Ensemble competed in the annual regional California Music Education Association Festival last week and did a fantastic job! The choir earned 3 excellent scores and the ensemble earned 2 excellent and 1 superior score (this is the first time our ensemble group has ever won a superior score!). Michael Parnell sang the solo to the spiritual “Fair Ye Well” and it was a show stopper…the judges loved him! The choir sang a college level acapella jazz arrangement of “Where Is Love?” from the musical “Oliver” and did a fantastic job!
I’m so proud of our kids and the fruit of their hard work. Their accomplishment is even more impressive when you consider that our kids are competing against choirs and ensembles from huge public schools rehearsing 5 times a week for nearly an hour each period in music courses woven into a conventional bell schedule. Our kids practice twice a week for 40 minutes at 7 am!
Please congratulate these kids as they come into your classes this week. Polly Vachet (one of the judges at this event and an institution in the Northern California choir world) led our private choral workshop and encouraged our kids with this sentiment: “The music you are singing demonstrates the best of our humanity and in a world that seems to be increasingly inhumane it is more important than ever. Please don’t ever stop making music.”
It was a great day, a triumph for our kids, and a fantastic representation of Valley Christian Schools!