School's choir students now have something to sing about
The West Hernando Middle School Beginning and Intermediate Choirs performed in the Young Voices Festival on April 27 in Tampa. The event featured 11 auditioned choirs from the Tampa Bay area, each performing two pieces for the clinician, Dr. Judy Bowers, professor of music education at Florida State University.
The choir performed To Music, a 16th century German chorale arranged by Betty Barteaux, and Life has Loveliness, a song by Mark Patterson, set to the poem by Sara Teasdale.
The choir also performed two pieces with all 11 choirs at the end of the concert. There are 68 sixth- to eighth-grade students in these choruses and 35 participated in this event.
Select soloists from the Intermediate and Advanced Choirs performed at the annual "Art in the Park" festival sponsored by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council on May 1. The soloists had all received superior ratings at the Florida Vocal Association's District Solo and Ensemble Festival in February.
West Hernando Middle received 10 excellent ratings for solos and duets and 23 superiors in the solo or duet category. The Women's Intermediate Ensemble received an excellent rating, the Advanced Mixed Ensemble received a superior rating and the men's quartet received a superior rating.
Members of the Advanced Chorus performed during the May 8-9 weekend at the Festival Disney vocal competition. Sixteen of the regular 27 members of the choir performed Joy in Jerusalem by Phyllis Aleta Wolfe, Simple Gifts arranged by Aaron Copland and Barter by Frank DeWild.
The choir received a score of 89 percent, an excellent rating from the adjudicators and placed fourth overall out of the 10 middle school choirs that performed.