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Soloists, ensembles designated among tops in competition

May 09, 2013
In this year’s Michigan School Vocal Music Association State Solo and Ensemble Festival, Grosse Pointe North High School featured 18 soloists and five small ensembles at the event, held April 19 and 20, at Oxford High School.

Schools from about 10 counties in southeastern Michigan participated.

Soloists were required to sing two classical songs and sight read a short passage of music. Of North’s 18 soloists, two received superior ratings, 13 excellent and three good.

The five small ensembles performed just as well, earning two superior ratings (Pointe Chorale and Choraliers) and three excellent (AcaFella, CounterPointe and Norsemen).

The Pointe Chorale also was selected as a candidate to advance to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, designating it as one of the top 30 choirs in Michigan.

A recording of Saturday’s festival performance is submitted to a panel of judges who, through a blind review, determines the ensemble’s fate.

The arts festival is at Western Michigan University.

In the meantime, the award-winning choirs have planned their spring concert for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, both nights at North in the Performing Arts Center.

The choirs are directed by Ben Henri, with assistance from Cheryl Faba, accompanist; Ben McKay, coordinator; and James Pecar, AcaFella director.

South recognized

Forty soloists from Grosse Pointe South High School choirs participated in the festival at Oxford as well, with 12 recognized for good performances, 22 for excellent and six superior.

Senior Kristina Papas and sophomore Frankie Thams were selected as alternate soloists to the MYAF. Junior Jack Daley, selected as one of two top soloists at the Oxford site, was picked to perform at the MSVMA’s Recital of Outstanding Soloists Competition Friday, May 10, at the arts festival.

Many of the performers were in South’s all-school musical, “42nd Street,” which concluded last weekend.

South’s choirs also will perform their final concerts of the year May 31 and June 1.

The concerts feature a variety of music from Broadway and highlights graduating seniors. Tickets are available online beginning in May.

South’s choral department is under the direction of Christopher Pratt, with assistance from Richard Wolf and Kathy Manos, accompanists.

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