By: Jessica Marvin/Co-editor in Chief
On Wednesday, January 24th, a group of Blue Ridge chorus members made their way to Wallenpaupack Area High School to compete in this year’s District Chorus competition, hosted by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA). In order to get to this round of the competition, students must first have placed within the top 20 in their voice part (tenor, alto, etc.) at Pre-Auditions, which was held on October 15th.
The audition portion of the event was held on Wednesday afternoon, and after rehearsals, the students were able to watch and participate in a cabaret concert on Thursday night.
The District Chorus competition determines which of the contestants will move on to the regional competition by placing within the top 10 in their voice part.
This year, Sequoia Marriott, who placed first overall in the alto 1 division, Morgan Mansfield, Kyra Powell, Spencer Renwick, and Wesley Wojtkowski will all be attending Regionals.
Hunter Renwick, who missed the top 10 by just one point, is currently first alternate for his voice part (bass 1). This means that if any bass 1’s cannot attend regionals, Renwick will be sent in their place.
“This district chorus festival was probably the best one I’ve ever experienced. Our director was extremely intelligent and passionate about the music, and everyone showed true interest in the pieces. It really paid off in the concert,” said Marriott of the experience.
The Raider Reader congratulates all who attended Districts and those who will be advancing to the next tier of the competition.
Jessica Marvin is a stressed senior who lives for participating in dance and theatre. When she’s not dancing or at rehearsal, she enjoys writing poetry (usually in Spanglish) and hopes to one day have the confidence of a telenovela villain.