Five North Rockford Middle School choir students have been selected to perform in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association’s Junior High/Middle School State Honors Choirs this coming January in Grand Rapids. The auditions were held on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Mt. Pleasant High School. Aleigha Kely, Eve Hillman and Emily Gordon, all eighth-graders, were selected to perform in the 7th-/8th-/9th-Grade SSA Honors Choir. Michaela Jones (eighth grade) and Betsy Hoekstra (seventh grade) were selected to perform in the 6th-/7th-/8th-Grade SA Honors Choir. They are among the top 100 students in the state selected for each choir.
The girls had to prepare a required audition piece and perform it from memory for the audition. They also had to learn a second piece that they performed along with the audition piece on a mini-concert later in the day.
These girls will now attend three all-day Saturday rehearsals at various sites across the state. Their performance will be on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 3:00 p.m. on stage at DeVos Place as part of the statewide annual Michigan Music Conference held in Grand Rapids.