Friday, May 3, 2002
CCHS Chorus sweeps North American Music Festival
The CCHS Chorus topped off their spring vacation week by competing in Norfolk Virginia on April 19 in the North American Music Festival and dominating all categories in which they competed. Eighty-five CCHS students competed in the Combined Chorus, Men's ensemble and Women's ensemble categories against high schools from all over the eastern United States including New York, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. The judges, all of whom teach at the college level and work with professional choruses, gave the CCHS groups "gold medal status with superior distinction." These are the highest honors ever awarded.
"I am so proud of these students. They performed at the top of their game. They exhibited a professionalism and maturity that clearly impressed the judges. When the judges gave out the trophies and medal our kids were ten feet off the ground. They knew they had performed well and the judges confirmed it," said Chuck Brown, CCHS choral and drama director.
The North American Music Festival competition came at the end of a week when the CCHS Chorus had performed at Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. The chorus also took part in a workshop conducted by Disney producers and musicians.
The CCHS music department endeavors to supplement and enrich the classroom experience with competitions, performances and workshops paid for by the students. The students gain exposure to many professional musicians and conductors, thereby rounding out their knowledge of the music world beyond high school.
"We are igniting a lifelong love of music and giving kids the confidence to perform in many situations. These are skills and passions that will stay with the students regardless of what they choose to do as their life's work," said Brown.
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