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The choir also achieved second highest sight-reading score in state and highest in school history

COURTESY PHOTO: HEATHER WALBURN JONES - The Molalla High School choir wins 4th at the OSAA 4A state championship on Tuesday, April 30.

COURTESY PHOTO: HEATHER WALBURN JONES - Three choir members pause for a photo. They are from left to right: Katelyn Streett, Ryan Kyllo and Grace Walburn Jones.After what Director Tim Friesen called their "best performance of the year," the Molalla High School concert choir brought home the 4A 4th place trophy from the OSAA State Choral Championships.

"The choir's goal is never to 'win' a trophy, as I've previously said, but to make sure that they sing better every time they step on stage, and that they always try to connect with their audience," Friesen said. "I knew their performance was an excellent one, but then I got to see the performance the next day on video, and that confirmed my feelings about how they did—the best performance of the year."

But Friesen was even more pleased with how they did in the sight-reading room afterwards, he said.

The sight-reading portion of the competition is a judged activity, wherein choir members must accurately read music they have never seen before.

"Molalla had been working on those skills pretty diligently all year and they received the second highest score in the state, and the highest score (54 out of 60) that we've ever received as a school," Friesen said. "The students were really pleased and excited about that."

Overall, the choir earned judges' scores of 79, 75 and 76 that when added to the sight-reading score of 54, makes a total score of 284.

La Grande took the first place trophy in the 4A division with a score of 332. Then came McLoughlin at 292, Cascade at 288, Molalla at 284 and Estacada at 274, according to OSAA's results.

North Clackamas Christian won the 2A/1A competition, Westside Christian took home the 3A crown, Silverton won at the 5A level and West Linn and South Salem tied for the 6A championship.

Kristen Wohlers
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