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.
Michigan Youth Arts Festival
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.