It was a pleasure to prepare for Choral MPA this year. I loved the songs and they worked well for both choirs. I am sometimes frustrated by the FVA requirement of having to choose one of your performance songs from the FVA list or the Texas List. I felt like I chose well this year and there was a nice contrast between the songs. Ladies Chamber Chorus sang, "Cantate Domino" by Giuseppi Pitonni and "Grace" arranged by Mark Hayes. Vocal Ensemble sang, "Ching-a-Ring Chaw" by Aaron Copland and "Stars I Shall Find" by Victor C. Johnson.
Each chorus prepares two songs and must sight-sing for a cumulative grade. The rating scale is a 5-point scale - Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent and Superior. The judges were very consistent in their ratings for each choir. All three judges gave ratings of "Excellent" this year. Ladies Chamber Choir nailed their sight-singing example and received a "Superior" rating. Vocal Ensemble's was a bit more challenging and they received an "Excellent" rating.
I could not be more proud of my singers for showing up to sing yesterday. As the old saying goes, "An Excellent is an Excellent!" Students - hold your heads high and continue working. Our Spring concert will be awesome!!
Combined Choirs of
Duncan U. Fletcher Senior High School
Neptune Beach, FL
FHS Ladies Chamber Chorus
FHS Vocal Ensemble
Until next time...