Archbold, OH

Choirs Qualify For State for Sixth Consecutive Year

Two Archbold High School choirs have qualified for state competition as a result of a Friday, March 16 competition at AHS.

The event was the Ohio Music Education Association Large Group Coral Adjudicated Event.

The AHS groups, the Archbold men’s chorus of 32 voices, the women’s chorus of 58 voices, and Archbold chorale with 61 voices participated.

The women’s chorus and chorale each received superior ratings. They qualified for state competition at Van Buren High School, Saturday, May 5.

The men’s chorus was rated excellent. They did not advance.

It is the sixth consecutive year Archbold choirs have qualified for state competition. Scoring

Kent Vandock, director of choral activities at AHS, said each group sang three songs for a three-judge panel, followed by a one-song sight-reading performance.

In sight-reading, a group is handed a piece of music never before seen. They get four minutes to talk about the piece. During the four minutes, they are not allowed to sing.

Then the group sings the song one time, with piano accompaniment. They get another minute to discuss the performance, then must sing it a second time. One judge, or adjudicator, rates the group on the performance.

Music is assigned a diffi- culty level from C to AA.

Vandock said all three Archbold choirs performed class B music. He said none of the choirs were in the AA category, and only three selected class A material. Three Twos, And A One

A final score is a composite of the results of the four judges.

“The best possible score is straight ones. To be superior (and advance to state), you can’t have more than six.

“The boys had three twos and a one, so they just missed it,” Vandock said.

He said the panel of judges the boys faced was particularly tough, but fair.

“All the choirs sang well,” he said.

The judges provided written comments, but also made comments on an audio recording of the performances. The choirs have listened to the recordings and the comments, positive and negative.

“We’ll take that feedback and reflect on it,” he said.

From that reflection, “we’ll analyze, assess, identify strategies for improvement, and move on.” Over Sing

Vandock said in the judges’ comments, two areas that were noted were singing softly and not over-singing.

Singing loud is a challenge, but singing softly, with a dynamic sound, is even more of a challenge.

“Also, we have to watch we don’t over-sing. We can produce a lot of sound,” he said.

It’s important the singers blend their voices together to produce a uniform sound, he said.

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