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A Successful Competitive Choir Season

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I am extremely happy to say that the Honor Choir Audition Season which started in August finally ended yesterday! :)   I want to take the time to explain the highly competitive and grueling process so you will understand the amount of work and dedication that it takes to succeed and what an honor it is to be selected as Honor Choir Members.  Students begin working in August on four (OKMEA) or three (OCDA) very challenging eight part pieces.  They are difficult to learn.  Students audition for All District Honor Choir on two of these pieces against students from a very large area in Southeast Oklahoma. We actually had approximately 800 students audition this year for a 200 member choir.  Students as far east as Broken Bow, Haworth, and Idabel then north towards Smithville, McAlester, through Durant and farther west is Ardmore, Plainview and Lone Grove and several schools in between.  Students then begin the grueling two round All State Honor Choir Competition.  Approximately 2,800 students from every size school all over Oklahoma audition. It is highly competitive and there are thousands of dollars in scholarships from colleges in Oklahoma are handed out to OKMEA All State Vocalists every year. Broken Bow students are competing against students from 6A schools who have paid voice teachers from colleges to come in and coach their students on their audition music or schools that have 5 choir teachers on staff in one school. The top 120 best of the best vocal students in the state are sent on to round two of auditions.  They are then judged again by a different set of judges. The selected All State choir members make up the top 25 students on each voice part in the entire state. All of our kids that compete spend countless hours working to perfect their music.  I truly believe that this process makes our choir and our kids better not only for the students that are awarded the honor of being an All State Vocalist but ALL the kids that decide to compete gain so much. 

 

Broken Bow schools has had a very successful 2019 Honor Choir Audition Season!  We had a combined number of 43 Broken Bow students selected for the All District Honor Choir.  15 OKMEA 2nd Round Finalists, 4 OKMEA (grades 10-12)  All State Choir Members , 10 OCDA 2nd Round Finalists, 5 OCDA (grades 7-9) All State Choir Members, 3 OKMEA All State Children's Choir Members (grades 4-8) from RJMS, and 2 OKMEA Children's Choir Members from Bennett!  We have All State Choir members from every building that is eligible to compete!!!!!!!!! Broken Bow Schools has some talented kids!!!!!!!! We have several high school instrumentalist that will be competing in an equally challenging 2nd Round All State Instrumentalist contest in two weeks.  I am extremely blessed to work in a school system with very dedicated music teachers.  I see the work you do everyday and I thank you as a teacher and as a parent whose kids have grown up in your music programs. Thank you Mrs. Moore, Ms. Thomas, Mr. Sheeley, And Mr. Thomas for doing what you do! 

 

 

 

OKMEA All State Choir Members (grades 10-12) 

 

Hope Trent

Rachel Wallis

Chabelli Mendoza

Zach Thomas (alternate)

 

 

 

OCDA All State Choir Members (grades 7-9)

 

Cale Bible

Mackenzie Dansby

Cedar Fields

Addison Skelton

Jayden Thomas

 

OKMEA All State Children's Choir (grades 4-8)

 

Emily Boulton

Greyson Howell

Madisyn Morphew

Mackila Dansby (alternate)

Analy Sanchez (alternate)