THE PROSPECT MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS earned a pair of awards at the Great East Festival. The mixed choir was given a gold level award and the select choir was given a platinum level award. Tim Croes. (click for larger version)
June 06, 2012ALTON — The Prospect Mountain High School mixed and select choirs traveled to Methuen, Mass. on Friday, June 1, to compete at the Great East Festival, and both groups came away with awards.
The select choir, which is made up 12 students, was given a platinum level award for scoring in between 95 and 100 points by the judges on a 100-point scale and the mixed choir, which is made up of 37 students, was given the gold award for scoring between 80 and 95 points on the 100-point scale.
Both groups were under the direction of Jamie Bolduc. She said both groups earned gold at the same competition last year.
Both choirs practiced five days a week, 44 minutes at a time, as they are all enrolled in a class for choir.
The select choir, which students have to tryout for and Bolduc requires one year on the mixed choir to participate in, performed "Johnny Said No" and "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables.
Students attended a performance of Les Miserables in Boston, so that was an easy pick. But the students weren't sure about the second choice, but they came around.
For the mixed choir, which is open to any student, Bolduc chose "I Dream a World" and "MLK," a song by U2. Bolduc said a long discussion went into the choice of "MLK" and students ultimately decided on the song.
Kristine Adams, a member of the select choir, talked about the performance and challenge of competing for a judges' score.
"You are really competing against yourself," Adams said. "It shows the group what we can improve on next year."
As part of the competition, the judge explains the score and why it was given.
Mariah Lemay, a member of the mixed choir, took a lot away from what the judge had to say.
"It's like they are your director for two minutes," Lemay said.
Chelsey Bebeua and Ashley Sample, two other students in the mixed choir, agreed that they learned a lot from the critique.
Bolduc felt that the judges this year provided a lot of information for the students take in.
"The constructive criticism was better," Bolduc said. "The judges covered more."
Bolduc is already working on concerts for next year and possible return to Great East Festival.
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