By Nancy Covert
Three Steilacoom High School vocalists are headed to the Washington State Choral Competition next month in Ellensburg.
The three received superior ratings at the recent Mountain Region Competition, held March 1 at Frontier Jr. High School in Graham, said SHS Choral Director Rachael Welde.
A total of 40 middle and high school students took part in the competition that included students from Bethel, Franklin-Pierce, Clover Park, University Place and Charles Wright Academy, in addition to Steilacoom).
“Our students did really well,” said Mrs. Welde, adding that they earned mostly#1’s and 2’s from the judges (on a scale of 1-5: one meaning outstanding, 2 meaning superior.)
Representing the district at Central Washington University on April 25-26 are mezzo-soprano Amber Froh and soprano Lauren Boyle. Baritone Alex Domine was selected as first alternate for the state-wide competition. All three are SHS seniors.
The end of April event will feature finalists from all district events, Mrs. Welde added.
“It takes a ton of time to prepare for the competition, and most of the students prepared out of class time.”
Everyone who won (of the top winners) also takes private lessons. Middle school choral students meet every day for 40-minute periods, while high school choral students attend classes every other day for 85-minute periods.
The upcoming event marks the third time for Boyle since she won district competitions during her sophomore and junior years.
Hear the middle and high school choirs at 7 p.m. on March 27 at Lagerquist Hall at Pacific Lutheran University. The choir’s next event is the 2008 Disneyland Trip in May.