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R-PHS Choir Rates High With Judges

The Reeths-Puffer High School Choirs performed at the Michigan School Vocal Music Association’s District Choral Festival in Grand Haven on Thursday, March 14th.  All RPHS Choirs received Division 1, Excellent Ratings for their performances and sight-singing.

Our select women’s choir, Vocal Fusion, was the first choir to sing at the competition.  Our host school’s teacher, Juli Dick, remarked, “Your ladies just set the bar high for the day!”  The RPHS Combined Women’s Choir (which includes Rocket Ladies Choir, MadriGALS, and Vocal Fusion), wowed the judges as well.  Gregory Cleveland, one of the judges, wrote, “I loved working with this choir!  Pure joy!”  He even took time to take a quick photo of the group, stating that he just wanted to share this moment with his daughter who used to sing in his combined women’s choir.  The RPHS Combined Women’s Choir went on to sight-sing perfectly for a 30 out of 30 score.

Our Rocket Men’s Choir and Mad Men performed “Inscription for Hope”  and “O Sole Mio” with freshman soloist Caleb Sobolewski.  The judges were impressed with the choirs beautiful tone, intonation, and outstanding diction.  While the men worked on their sight-singing, a storm raged outside the building making hearing difficult.  Instead of letting the added noise distract them, the choir stepped up their volume and earned a perfect score of 30 out of 30.

RP Madrigals premiered Eric Hester’s song “Before”.  Eric Hester is a Reeths-Puffer and Madrigal Alumnus.  The song was composed in the anticipation of his firstborn child.  Their performance of “Before” and “The Word” left two of the judges teary-eyed.  Judge Monty Bishop, and 2018 MSVMA Teacher of the Year, even followed Madrigals into the sight-singing room, to convey how moved he was by Madrigal’s performance.  The next day, Eric Hester congratulated Madrigals on a successful performance via cell phone, as he had seen the video of “Before” posted on Facebook.  RP Madrigals achieved perfect performance scores from all three judges, and they were invited to apply for a performance time at the Michigan Music Conference next year.
Over all, it was a great day for the RPHS Choirs, congratulations!
A few selections to listen to are presented below.