Jill Nelson

Rockford congratulates its 2012 MSVMA All State Honors Choir members

May 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

The 2012 MSVMA All State Choir list has been published and Rockford again boasted one of the largest school groups in the state when the choir met at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival at Western Michigan University May 10-12. This is one of the state’s highest honors for a chorister. Out of the thousands who audition across Michigan in October, only the singers with the highest of audition scores at Regional Honors Choir are selected for this honor; the audition must be nearly flawless to be considered for All State Choir. Congratulations to the following six students who represented themselves, Rockford High School and the Rockford community at this most prestigious event: (pictured, l–r) Ben Reitemeier, Hannah Schroeder, Sarah Ombry, Jill Nelson, Emilee Bodien, and Michael Sunday.

Rockford Chamber Women perform at prestigious recital

June 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

It’s the highest honor a high school vocal ensemble can receive in Michigan: to perform at Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF). And once again this year, Rockford choirs were represented at the MSVMA Solo & Ensemble Recital on May 13. The Rockford Chamber Women, directed by Mandy Mikita Scott, earned this honor by receiving top scores at both district and state solo and ensemble festival. At state festival, they were selected as one of the top six ensembles in the region, thus being considered for this recital. A listening panel reviewed 30 such performances before settling on the 12 which represent the highest achievement in vocal music across the state. The Chamber Women are part of the Chamber Singers, an auditioned mixed ensemble. They rehearsed only six times with Scott during the entire process: twice before district, twice before state, and twice before their performance at MYAF. Said Scott, “More than anything, it was the dedication of these ladies and their bondedness that made this achievement possible. It was truly a joy to work with them.” This is the second consecutive year that choirs from Rockford have been selected for performance at this recital.  

RHS students shine in All State choir

June 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford High School choirs and directors David Duiven and Mandy Mikita Scott are proud to announce the honor of having four choir students named to the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) All State Honors Choir. Senior Julian Mondragon and juniors Emilee Bodien, Jill Nelson and Hannah Schroeder traveled to Western Michigan University May 12-14 to rehearse and perform with some of Michigan’s finest high school vocal talent. The 120 singers in this prestigious choir were chosen from over 5,000 auditions in a two-step audition process. Following three days of intense rehearsal under the baton of Dr. Joe Grant, professor emeritus from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the All State choir gave the final concert of the Michigan Youth Arts Festival with a gala performance in Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium. Michigan Youth Arts Festival is an annual showcase that recognizes, supports and celebrates students throughout Michigan in all artistic disciplines.  

Rockford choirs shine at State Solo and Ensemble Festival

March 31, 2011 // 0 Comments

Students from Rockford High School (RHS) choirs once again made a strong showing at the State Solo & Ensemble Festival on March 19 at Aquinas College. Every ensemble from RHS received a “I” rating, the best possible score, in both performance and sight reading. These ensembles included: Chamber Singers, Chorale and Advanced Women’s Ensemble directed by David Duiven; and Chamber Women and Women’s Chorus, directed by Mandy Mikita Scott. Additionally, the Chamber Women was one of six ensembles selected from more than 40 to be considered for performance at Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) in May. This is among the highest honors a choir can receive in Michigan, and the third consecutive year that a Rockford choir has been so honored. Rockford High School made history last year as the first school to ever have three choirs to perform at MYAF in the same year. Final results will be determined following the completion of Solo & Ensemble statewide in mid-April. Rockford had 16 soloists and three duets participate at Solo & Ensemble and all received “I” or “II” ratings. The performers were junior Emilee Bodien, sophomore Mariah Bouwkamp, sophomore Adriana Craft, freshman Erika DeWard, freshman Hannah Fawcett, freshman Linnea Hjelm, sophomore Ellie Knoll, senior Corlene Laing, junior Kendall McConnohie, senior Scott Nadeau, junior Jill Nelson, junior Sarah Ombry, freshman Elaina Rahrig, senior Gabe Reitemeier, freshman Anna Wilson, junior Christian Wojtowicz, junior duet of Alberta and Gleghorn, freshman duet of Olson and Kruse, and duet of senior Reitemeier and junior Sunday. The RHS choirs are fast approaching their tour appearance in New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall in May.  

Reds, area high school choirs bring sounds of season to diners

December 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

Since opening in August 2006, Reds on the River has partnered with Rockford Public Schools on numerous occasions, including co-op work opportunities, numerous fundraisers, benefits for the Rockford Education Foundation, and the Community Unity program with the sports boosters and Youth Initiative Community Service Club. One particular favorite for both Rockford High School students and Reds is hosting the Rockford Chamber singers, led by high school music director David Duiven. For the past three years, Rockford’s top choir students have performed holiday music at Reds in December, in exchange for Reds’ donation to the Choir Boosters to help offset some of their musical expenditures. “The partnership has been tremendous,” noted Reds Executive Chef Glenn Forgie. “The students perform in quartets and meander about the dining room, singing carols. They jazz up their concert attire with fun holiday scarves and hats and really have fun with it. Our guests love the festive spirit they create, and they love the fact that we are showcasing our students’ talent.” The music has become so popular that Reds has expanded the schedule and invited other area schools to perform. The lineup includes: • Thursday, Dec. 2: Northview High School • Tuesday, Dec. 7: Rockford High School Chamber Quartets • Thursday, Dec. 9: Northview High School • Tuesday, Dec. 14: Rockford High School Chamber Quartets • Thursday, Dec. 16: East Grand, Rapids Bella Voce • Tuesday, Dec. 21: Northview High School • Thursday, Dec. 23: Forest Hills Eastern Quartet Holiday carols are peformed from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening.