Hallelujah, Canby High School Concert Choir wins conference
Canby High School's Concert Choir sang their way to the title of 2018 Three Rivers League Champions on Wednesday, April 11. With the win, they advance to the OSAA Music State Championship in May.
The choir, under the direction of CHS vocal music teacher Brooks Gingerich and composed primarily of juniors and seniors, performed a music set lasting just under 20 minutes and then participated in a clinic with Ethan Sperry, Portland State University's choir director, to receive feedback on their performance.
Then the students performed strongly in a sight-reading competition, where they were asked to demonstrate their ability to read music they had never seen before.
Gingerich's students, who practice for a 70-minute class period each day, were well prepared for the competition. They regularly work on singing a capella, sight-reading and exploring a wide selection of music from different cultures, including Mexico, Russia, Japan and the U.S.
"I was fortunate to grow up in a family and faith, where singing without accompaniment is second nature and I'm fortunate to teach kids from similar backgrounds," Gingerich said. "I think it takes at least two full years to be able to read well, and these singers need a constant opportunity to fail and keep at it, until eventually they are reading."
He continued, "Since I get these singers for four years, the older singers are constantly helping me encourage the younger ones. It teaches many great life skills: determination, humbleness, teamwork and perseverance. It also stays with them for life, which is why our alumni choir is able to sing so many great Masterworks, from just a dozen or so rehearsals."
The community will have the chance to experience the league-winning choir here in Canby, along with the school's other choirs and the alumni choir, on April 27-28 at 7 p.m. at the Richard R. Brown Fine Arts Center. The Concert Choir will perform their state competition set. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and all proceeds go to the choir program.
The Concert Choir will perform at the state championship on Saturday, May 5 at George Fox University's Bauman Auditorium. Doors open at 8 a.m. and performances begin at 9 a.m. The event is open to the public and tickets can be bought online at http://www.osaa.org/activities/cho/tickets or at the door. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students.