It’s the highest honor a high school vocal ensemble can receive in Michigan: to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF). And once again this year, Rockford Choirs will be represented at the MSVMA Solo & Ensemble Recital on May 10.
The Rockford Chamber Singers, directed by Mandy Mikita Scott, earned this honor by receiving top scores at both district and state solo and ensemble festivals. At state festival, they were selected as one of the top six ensembles in our region, thus being considered for this recital. A listening panel reviewed thirty such performances before settling on the thirteen which represent the highest achievement in vocal music across the state.
The Chamber Singers, an auditioned mixed ensemble, won praise from their judges throughout the process, noting their poise, maturity, and artistry. Says Scott, “Michigan Youth Arts Festival is such a remarkable testament to the amazing students and arts educators we have across our state. I feel proud and humbled to once again see a Rockford choir honored.” According to the nonprofit Michigan Youth Arts, “More than 250,000 students statewide participate in the selection process that results in 1,000 being invited to participate in the annual three-day arts spectacular.”
The recital performance isn’t all, though. In a one-time only event, choirs were invited to submit recordings to be a part of a vocal jazz choir led by MYAF 2013 Artist-in-Residence Dr. Stephen Zegree. This choir will perform for the Gala Opening Concert of the 2013 MYAF weekend. A blind listening panel selected four outstanding choirs from across the state to participate, and once again the Rockford Chamber Singers were chosen.
This is the fourth consecutive year that a choir from Rockford has been selected for performance at MYAF. They will perform with the Honors Vocal Jazz Choir on Thursday, May 9 at 7pm in Miller Auditorium (WMU) and at 9am Friday morning as part of the MSVMA Invitational Recital.