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Choir members achieve top marks in KSHSAA music competition – Mill Valley News

Due to COVID-19, changes have been made regarding the annual competition

Through Izzy James

All the choirs recently participated in the national music competition, obtaining all outstanding or excellent marks. Rather than performing live, every entry was recorded and submitted for virtual judging.

The annual KSHSAA music competition was held on Friday April 9, and many solo and group choir members achieved high rankings. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the singing competition was recorded electronically instead of the usual live performance.

The adjustments for this year’s event made the process very different from any other according to choir teacher Jessie Reimer.

“This year, we recorded our performance and submitted the video to refereeing. Usually we go to another high school in the area and perform live in front of three judges and other schools. We had different requirements and guidelines set by KSHSAA to help alleviate the stress and difficulties of different learning environments, ”said Reimer.

A positive element of the new methods had been the ability to repeatedly record the performance of the choirs.

“A performance recording pro was able to record more than one take. However, this is also a disadvantage as the registration process can be long and arduous. Plus we’ve lost the nervous and excited energy that comes from playing live in front of an audience and seeing our judges in front of us, ”said Reimer.

For the second Avery Crabtree, being able to compete online made for a less scary and unnerving singing experience.

“We were able to do as many takes as we wanted. Live we only have one chance but since we were recorded we could do as many as we wanted. We should have worn masks anyway, this part was difficult. If we weren’t online and had done it in person I think it would have been scarier. This year we knew we had more of a chance to do it, ”Crabtree said.

According to Crabtree, playing with masks made singing more difficult and demanding.

“He [masks] took some of our sound, so we had to sing louder. It was harder to hit notes and listen to everyone because of the masks and having to be six feet away, ”Crabtree said.

Reimer believes that singing with masks turned out to be a difficult hurdle that the choir members thankfully overcame.

“It’s harder to play with masks because it muffles your sound. They are also not the easiest things to breathe, which makes singing more difficult. However, I am so proud of how the students have adjusted to this obstacle. Some of the judges commented on our crisp diction even with masks, ”Reimer said.

Entering the competition involved a few additional steps, including downloading music and making copies of the recorded performance for the judges. Reimer said the process quickly became tedious, mainly because he had to repeat the tasks over and over for all the different choral groups. In the end, it was worth it for Reimer when the competition results were revealed.

“I shared the information with each choir, group or soloist. We received all 1s and 2s so we were all very excited and proud of the hard work that went into the performance especially considering all the hurdles we had to overcome this year. We also received many helpful comments from the judges which we will continue to implement in our rehearsal process, ”said Reimer.

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