Saturday, July 23, 2011

WINNERS in CHORAL PERFORMANCE (high school chorus) announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce the winners of The American Prize in Choral Performance (high school division), 2011. There was a tie between the top two finishers for the Prize this year.

Longmeadow High School Lyrics, Kayla Werlin, conductor, Longmeadow, MA
Jr. Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Susan Medley, conductor, Pittsburgh, PA 

Lyrics is the honors SATB choral ensemble at Longmeadow High School. Each April, approximately 100 students in grades 8-11 audition for a place in the choir for the following year. This year’s ensemble numbers 45 singers, grades 10-12. Lyrics meets as a class 3-4 hours weekly. Additionally, student section leaders run weekly rehearsals outside of school. Lyrics has consistently earned gold medals in state festivals, and has toured in Europe and the US.
The Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh is an educational outreach program of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. Founded by Robert Page and Christine Jordanoff, the Jr. Mendelssohn Choir will celebrate its 25th anniversary this season.  High school students from throughout the greater Pittsburgh area are eligible to audition. During its ten-week season, a portion of each Jr. Mendelssohn rehearsal is spent in coaching sessions with singers from the professional core of the Mendelssohn Choir. The season culminates in a concert featuring a major choral/orchestral work and a variety of a cappella repertoire.

The Huron High School A Cappella Choir, Richard Ingram, conductor, Ann Arbor, MI, placed second.


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