S. Patton Rice, Instructor
What words come to mind when I think of this year’s senior and junior vocals;
talent, potential, growth, excitement, hard work, inspiration and support. You had just finished State Choral Assessment at which you received some of the highest Superior ratings that any of our choirs have ever achieved, when Spring Break and this Corona Virus odyssey was upon us. You had worked so hard to prepare the music for The Windy City Choral Festival in Chicago, that was ultimately cancelled. I wish we had more rehearsal recordings during the preparation, now that your Spring Concert was also cancelled. It was truly some of your best work of the entire year! I have never had a choir that worked harder on such difficult music, especially those rehearsals right down to the deadline. I want to thank all of you and Ms. Cindy for hanging in there with me as we worked through the many details involved in preparing those seven pieces.
Several of you had done exceptional preparation for the State National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition and I am sure you would have produced an admirable group of finalists. Preparing music in detail, for solo or group performance, is one of the most focused, rewarding and draining activities I know. We felt times of exhaustion, but more of elation. I would also like to thank all the parents for helping us raise money for the Chicago trip and Ezekiel Andrew McCall for coming to sing for and inspire us!
I hate that we can’t all get together for graduation and I hope that all my graduating seniors will come back next year to see us and let us know how they are doing. I predict great and surprising things for all of your futures. Every year I hear about some amazing achievement by several of our graduates and almost nothing surprises me anymore. So, Go ahead! Surprise me!
Remember, I’ll always be pulling for you!
With Much Love,
Chorale Group Performances
Senior Solo Performances