Choir wins competition, to perform Wednesday

The Sweet Home Concert Choir took first place March 17-18 during the Music in the Parks Festival in San Jose, Calif.

The choir, which was missing several members who were competing in the district track and field meet, received an “excellent” rating from judges and was only two points away from a “superior” rating, Director Matthew Clark reported.

The group competed in the Advanced Mixed Choir division.

Individual awards went to Josh Lowe, who was recognized for Best Overall Vocal Solo in the festival, and to Katie Kinney of the high school band, who played clarinet and drums to accompany the choir on two pieces. Kinney was named Best Overall Instrumental Accompanist.

The high school and junior high choirs will perform their spring concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, in the high school auditorium.

The program includes “a little bit of everything,” according to Clark.

The women’s ensemble will sing a song from the “Lord of the Rings” films, the singers class will perform “Music of the Night” from “Phantom of the Opera,” along with “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

The concert choir will sing the African piece “Sigalagala” which was the piece that Lowe won his award for as outstanding soloist at the California festival.

The choir will also sing an arrangement of the national anthem, a lovely Hebrew love song accompanied by piano, a modern a cappella piece with big cluster chords, and finish with a piece called “I Have Had Singing” written by Oregon composerRon Jeffers, the former director of choirs at Oregon State University.