Soul'd Out heads to the Big Apple
Wilsonville High School's a capella group, Soul'd Out, was in for a surprise when Wilsonville city councilors voted to donate up to $3,000 to the team after they performed in front of Wilsonville City Council at the March 5 meeting.
"We didn't know," said WHS Choir Director Annie Kubitschek. "We were just going because they invited us to sing. It's always good to share what we do in class with the community."
And after Soul'd Out took the stage at Wilsonville City Hall, Mayor Tim Knapp declared March 5-11, 2018 to be Soul'd Out Week in Wilsonville.
"Wilsonville residents honor the faculty and administration of Wilsonville High School for their commitment to providing a well-rounded education that includes study and appreciation of the arts," Knapp said during the meeting. "Choir students at Wilsonville High School balance their family life, friendships, academic responsibilities and other extracurricular activities and are no less willing to dedicate significant time pursuing excellence in an artistic pursuit."
After taking first place at the Northwest semifinals of the International Championship of High School A Capella in Salem this January, Soul'd Out will be advancing to finals in New York City this April.
But this is nothing new for the WHS a capella team. This will be the fourth time since 2010 that Soul'd Out has qualified for finals.
"We are looking forward to singing alongside nine
other high school groups from around the country who
also dedicate time and talent
to music, one another and
the community," Kubitschek said.
And the money the City is donating will help make the April 20 trip run more smoothly. The money will go toward getting the group of 16 to New York City, and will help fund their stay and transportation. But Kubitscheck credits a lot of help to parents and the students themselves, from fundraisers the group has done to parent involvement and other community donations, working to make the trip possible.
"Everybody's kind of chipped in their resources so we can try to get the kids there," she said.
While in New York City, Soul'd Out will also perform at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
"(It will be a) cool experience to be there with whoever is just walking by to see us and hear us and to honor the people who gave their lives," said Kubitschek, adding that she applied to secure Soul'd Out a spot at the memorial because there is only one day a month a select group of people can perform.
"It's really nice to have people representing our community and the arts as well as the sciences," Knapp said. "It does certainly lend some visibility to the community and speaks well to our educational values."