Archive for Thursday, March 30, 2006

Choir students return from New York with ‘superior’ rating

March 30, 2006

Lansing High School choir students sang their hearts out this past weekend in New York, and they were rewarded for it.

The group, consisting of members of both the LHS concert choir and Sound Spectrum swing choir, received a "Superior" rating at the North American Music Festival.

The festival only awarded a first-place honor, but the students figured that by the points, they would have been second-place, choir director Jonnie Brice said. Brice said she thought the students could have performed better but did as well as they could under the circumstances.

After the students performed, a judge spent about 10 minutes with them critiquing their performance.

"For me, it's a lot of reminders of things I need to stress more in the classroom," Brice said about the judge's comments. "For (students), anytime they get feed back from somebody other than, me it's good."

While the students were in New York, they spent time sightseeing when they weren't performing. Brice said she had no discipline problems, and, in fact, people complimented her on how well-mannered the students were.

"I would take these kids back there anytime," she said. "It was such a great trip."

Probably the most popular activity on the trip, Brice said, was seeing "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway. Sophomore Kelsie Hudson said the musical was "incredible."

Hudson said the trip was her first out of the state and included her first plane ride. She described it as "amazing" and "a time to remember."

She said she enjoyed the view from the Empire State Building and was moved by visiting the Ground Zero Memorial. Hudson said she and some other students visited Trump Towers, where they saw actor Seth Green of the "Austin Powers" movies and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

"I would definitely go back," Hudson said. "I would bring more money, but I would definitely go back."

Now that they have returned, choir students will be preparing for regional and state solo and ensemble festivals and the state large group festival in April, Brice said. The trip was good preparation for the upcoming competitions, Brice said, because students performed the same pieces in New York that they will at the regional and state festivals.

The choirs will cap off the year with a concert May 3, Brice said.

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