A total of 20 members of the Archbold High School Chorale participated in the 36th Fulton County Music Festival choir, Sunday, Feb. 28.
Kent Vandock, director of choral activities at Archbold High School, said the choir sang to a packed house of about 600 at Delta High School.
There were 120 students from the seven Fulton County high schools who performed.
Vandock said students interested in participating in the event were required to fill out an application that documented their accomplishments in the school music field, from participation in previous all-county events to district-level and other performances.
The application also seeks information about musical experiences outside the school venue.
Students are required to submit a small narrative essay explaining their desire to participate in the music festival.
Student musicians also must obtain the recommendation of their director.
The seven county music directors make the selections, Vandock said.
The seven directors also select the clinician.
Eric Richardson, a retired choral director of Westlake High School (suburban Cleveland), was chosen.
The clinician, Vandock said, is usually a retired teacher, university professor, or other outstanding member of the choral music community.
They select the music, rehearse the choir, and direct the performance.
Vandock said Richardson picked some very challenging music for the all-county choir.
At the first rehearsal on Friday, Feb. 26, “we thought it would be a real stretch to be ready for Sunday.”
The choir also rehearsed for about two-thirds of a day on Saturday, Feb. 27, and then had a “touch-up” rehearsal on Sunday prior to the performance.
“The student performers made some big strides on Saturday,” Vandock said. “It was a really productive day.”
Archbold’s 20-member delegation was one of the largest in the seven-school group.
There are 99 members in the AHS choir, Vandock said.