Choir students awarded prizes at MWHS | Community

Choirs from Mound Westonka High School were able to perform at the Performing Arts Center on May 17 for the first time in 14 months. The spring concert was called “Back to Music”, which explored a magnificent repertoire composed by modern and living composers.

“It was exhilarating to hear them on stage and to have a live audience,” said choir director Kelly Newell.

The concert’s predominantly English program was diverse and poignant, including Frank Ticheli’s “Earth Song”:

“But music and song have been my refuge

And the music and the song will be my light

A light of song, which shines brightly

Through the darkness, the pain and the strife

I will sing, I will be, will live, see

“This text perfectly sums up the depth of emotions our choirs have gone through over the past 14 months and our joy to return to the stage at the Westonka Performing Arts Center,” said Newell.

The spring concert also gave the choirs the opportunity to honor and recognize their best performers. This year, young Beckett James and seniors John Wombacher and Annika Wulf were selected for all-state choirs. Wombacher has been recognized for receiving top marks in solo and ensemble. Wulf received both a top rating and a best site award.

The prize for the best choral musician was awarded to Wombacher. The Outstanding Leadership Awards were presented to seniors Josh Nkhata and Amelia Pettitt. Wulf received the Kris Miller Outstanding Musician Award.