POINT PLEASANT — There are signs of growth in the PPJ/SHS choir program and that isn’t just reflected in the numbers.
Yes, there are well over 200 members from grades 7-12 but the choir has been consistently sending students to the All State Choir Competition.
As previously reported, eight students from PPHS earned that significant honor, claiming success at the West Virginia All State Choir competition.
So, what does it mean to go to All State Choir and what are the benefits?
“If a student went to a college and wanted to be in the choir and mentioned that they made all state, a director would know that this is someone worth listening to,” Choir Director Crystal Hendricks said.
This event, occurring annually, accepts 251 of the best singers from high schools across the state. Each school may only enter eight students, making the competition more difficult for schools such as PPHS that enter a full roster. This year’s All State Choir members are Cierra Porter, Chase Denny, Salem Russell, Nick Newell, Gracie Cottrill, Bryce Tayengco, Madisyn Boswell, Jacob Shell.
So what does it take to go to an All State Choir competition? “Practice, practice, practice,” according to students.
Several of the choir members said it takes hours of practice and they often wake up singing; they drive singing; they sing in the shower; they sing on their way to class. Practice for All State Choir all happens outside of regular class time. The students and director commit large amounts of time beyond what they have already committed to, like the recent Black Knight Revue, show choir, and all of their other extracurricular activities.
When asked about what the benefits of participating in choir are, all of the students agreed on one thing – family. They form a close bond together, spending long hours together in order to best perform as a unit at the All State Choir competition.
“Other people see how tight knit we are. They see the togetherness of our group and they want to be a part of it,” Sierra Porter, choir member said.
Next up for the choir, dinner theatre in April. More on this in an upcoming edition.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 or at [email protected]