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Choir competes at section contest

posted Mar 21, 2020, 6:34 AM by Andrew Tichy
Concert Choir's Let Me Fly group performing at the choir competition hosted in Detroit Lakes.
Photo: Mara Lysne | The Spud

By: Mara Lysne

On Wednesday, February 19th the Treble, Concert and Chorale choirs all took a bus down to Detroit Lakes for the day to compete in the annual choir small group and solo contest. The day was filled with singing, listening, critiquing and enjoying the company of others. The contest this year was hosted by Detroit Lakes but has been hosted by Moorhead, Fergus Falls, and Bemidji in the past. 

The Treble choir only came for the first half of the day and left after lunch when all of their groups had performed. Their small groups had rankings of superior and excellence. This competition is already stressful for most people but for Abigail VonBank, a Moorhead High School Junior, it was extra stressful. Her small group got split up and ended up having to learn and memorize new pieces of music two weeks before the competition. “Although our group was split up two weeks from competition, I didn't think we did too bad” said VonBank.

Concert choir stayed the whole day and had multiple groups perform along with some soloists. Every small ensemble from the Concert choir got the highest ranking, a superior. Songs from this choir included Let Me Fly, Drunken Sailors, Llorona, Kyrie and more.
For the Chorale choir, most groups got superior rankings and others got excelents. Some people in Chorale chose to have either a solo or a duet. Caitlin Carlson who is also a Junior at Moorhead High School competed in two different pieces, a duet and a group. “I like having the competitive element within music because we don't get that very often” said Carlson when asked what her favorite thing about the competition is.

The annual choir competition is a great experience for students to get used to performing in smaller groups. Moorhead did great in the competition this year and are hoping to continue their streak into next year too!