District Choir 2016

Front left:  Madeline Marshall, Samantha Davis, Katie Adkins. Back Left: Katherine Crawford,  Cole Wolbert,  Brandon Shaffer,  Ryan Moore.

Front left: Madeline Marshall, Samantha Davis, Katie Adkins. Back Left: Katherine Crawford, Cole Wolbert, Brandon Shaffer, Ryan Moore.

Samantha Davis, Assistant Editor and Marketing Coordinator

District Choir is a little more important than County Choir. You might think that you advance from Counties to Districts, however, that is not the case when it comes to choir. In order to participate in District Choir, you have to audition at the school you attend. After practicing the music for two months, Mrs. McIntire, our choir director, plays the first note or pitch, and you are expected to sing the music a capella.  You receive a score on your singing which determines later if you will be attending districts. All choir directors in the district then go to a selection meeting to determine how many students from each section they may bring from their home school to Districts.  For example, if only one soprano space is available, then the director would take the soprano with the highest score.

In order to move on to Regionals from Districts,  you audition at Districts before a panel of judges made up of choir directors from various districts.    You perform the two pieces of music as whole choir and  then you as a individual draw an audition number.  You enter the audition room by yourself, and you will be given the first note/pitch for your part. You then, again, would sing the section of music a capella. Surprisingly, the judges do not sit facing you, almost like The Voice, except the judges will never turn around. This eliminates bias. Judging criteria includes breath support, song familiarity, pitch, rhythm, tone quality, musicianship, and diction.

District Choir will be held on February 4 through the 6 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, hosted by Punxsutawney High School. Redbank Valley participants include Soprano I – Katie Adkins; Alto I – Katherine Crawford and Madeline Marshall; Alto II – Samantha Davis; Tenor I – Cole Wolbert , Tenor II -Ryan Moore and Brandon Shaffer.

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