Gators Travel and Feature in All-State Event

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By Sophie South, Arts and Entertainment Editor/Reporter

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All-state choir, which occurred February 3 through fifth, held hundreds of students from across the state learning more about music and their singing abilities. Thirteen chosen Greenwood students rode up to the chosen destination, which was in Louisville this year. We also had two Greenwood seniors that showcased their voices with a couple of other All-state students.

These students and Greenwood’s choir teacher Ellie Osborne rode a bus up to the Galt House in Louisville, where they stayed for the two nights and three days they were there. “It was fairly mellow because our kids are awesome,” said Ms. Osborne.

At this event, there were three different upperclassmen choirs. These choirs consist of the SATB choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass); the women’s choir (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, Alto 2); and the men’s choir (Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Bass 1, Bass 2). According to Ms. Osborne, there were around 150 students in each choir, which means there were around 450 kids at the whole event.

Students were required to attend the regional practice and the normal two-day rehearsal. These practices usually lasted the whole day, with a lunch and dinner break in between. This means that there were usually nine-hour rehearsals for two days straight, adding a concert on the third day to perform in.

The concert took place on the last day, which was Friday, February 5th. This show was around two hours long, and each choir sang around eight songs. Each choir performed and it lasted around 30 minutes each, but each performance was very interesting.

The all-men’s choir sang songs including “Bonse Aba,” “Der Herr Segne Euch,” “Confirma Hoc Deus,” “How Can I Keep From Singing,” “Dedication,” “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” “When I Hear Her, I have Ways,” and “Bile Them Cabbage Down.”

The all girls groups’ songs included “Ad Amore,” “Bogoroditse Devo,” “Oh, Had I Jubal’s Lyre,” “Song Of Ruth,” “Sto Mi E Milo,” “Snow Angel,” and “Ride On King Jesus.”

In this event, two Greenwood students were spotlighted in a couple of the songs that were performed at the concert. DiDi Turley, a senior at Greenwood, was chosen to sing in a quartet for a portion of a song her group sang in. Ciera Harrod, also a Greenwood senior, was chosen to sing a high note along with another participant at the end of a song.

For this concert, there was a certain attire men and women had to wear. Girls had to wear a black, floor length dress. Boys had to wear a white button down, black slacks, and a tie. This element of the performance was enforced for students to wear, and the runners of the event wanted everyone to look similar and formal.

In this event, two Greenwood students were spotlighted in a couple of the songs that were performed at the concert. DiDi Turley, a senior at Greenwood, was chosen to sing in a quartet for a portion of a song her group sang in. Ciera Harrod, also a Greenwood senior, was chosen to sing a high note along with another participant at the end of a song.

Overall, There was a great turn out at this event. All the students and teachers had an awesome time. With very little free time, there were also little activities that made the All state choir trip enjoyable. At this event, they offer a talent show and a dance, including a performance of the students all around the concert space singing the National Anthem.

Congratulations to the following Greenwood students who made it: DiDi Turley, Ciera Harrod, Jeanette Harris, Luke Clark, Matt Propst, Joe Moore, Emma Brittenham, Emma Wells, Jannah Bolin, Lydia Cantrell, and Preston Harrell. Also congratulations to Cruz Mcclure and Linzey Smith for making it through to the Junior mixed group.

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