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The choir's score places Canby 5th in 6A and 5th in the state overall this year.

In the competitive 6A division at the OSAA State Choral Championships, Canby High School's concert choir brought home the 5th place award.

"We are very excited to have received recognition this weekend. All of our scores are very satisfying, and as a whole we feel that most of our set was delivered at its highest level," said Director Brooks Gingerich. "Were there little things that maybe weren't the best they've ever been? Sure, but that's the story of life."

COURTESY PHOTO - Canby High's choir places 5th in state at the OSAA state choral competition on May 1.

Canby received judges' scores of 92, 93 and 93 and earned a sight-reading score of 57 out of 60 for a total score of 335, according to OSAA's results.

But the competition was fierce. West Linn and South Salem tied for first at 346 with identical scores across the board. West Salem came in 3rd with a score of 342 and Sprague edged out Canby for 4th with 336.

Canby's score of 335 not only ranks them at 5th in the 6A division, but 5th in the state, topping all the winners' scores in the other divisions. Silverton came out on top in 5A competition with 334, La Grande took the win at the 4A level with 332, Westside Christian took home the 3A crown with 319 and North Clackamas Christian won the 2A/1A competition with a score of 325.

"I appreciate my singers supporting the other groups, and knowing that their mission is to instill hope and peace throughout the community," Gingerich said. "Our duty is to give, and when they let go and get behind their music, they can really affect people."

Looking ahead, Gingerich wants to "cherish" his final moments with his seniors.

"Watching them transform into incredibly confident and expressive individuals every day for the last four years, really motivates and inspires me," Gingerich said. "These kids are going to do incredible things."

Kristen Wohlers
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