Chidester Takes Choir To New Level

Lily Chidester, in the front row at the left, warms up with the Madrigals Choir.

Grace Ojewia

Lily Chidester, in the front row at the left, warms up with the Madrigals Choir.

Grace Ojewia, Staff Writer

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Walking into the choir room can sometimes seem like one has walked into a room of singing angels. So,

being in a vocal competition filled with singing is like being in musical heaven. The vocal region and

ensemble competition that was held last Friday, the 17 th , was definitely a showcase of the many talented

vocalists in our school. One such person is Lily Chidester who qualified for state as a solo vocalist and in

Madrigals Womens choir.

She has done solos for the past three years with her mom accompanying her and this was the first year

that she was performing with the women’s and then the entire madrigals as well as singing solo. In

preparation for her solo performance she warmed up with her mom as her accompanist and ran

through the song a couple of times. Chidester was also very prepared by being to her round a few

minutes early and taking care of little details that definitely ended up paying off.

“For me, I like going to regions because, this year going with choir, it’s a way to unify your sound,”

Chidester said.

There was also a shared bond of seeing each vocalist perform and a feeling of support felt by everyone.

To get ready for state she has continued the voice lessons she has every Friday, practicing her song so

it’s fresh in her mind. Chidester has also mentally prepared by not really focusing on the scores, but on

doing the very best she can and supporting her fellow vocalists.

“It’s not really about the score,” Chidester said. “I talked with my teacher and my fellow classmates

about how it’s really important that you put in your 100 percent because it doesn’t matter if you move

on or not as long as you’re doing your best. I just want to make sure that I go and feel content

[afterwards] with whatever I did.”

Classic, soul, and folk pieces were practiced individually by vocalists to be performed in the different

choir classes. These in-class performances helped prepare competitors for the competition. They got

graded in class with the rubric that was actually used at regions.

There were many first time regions performers as well as those returning and there were a lot of people

who qualified for state. They go as follows: Lily Chidester, Adelle Remke and Rebekah Lingen, Jessica

McIntosh, Benjamin Hogan, Brian McDonald, the Madrigals Girls Ensemble, and the Madrigals Female

Trio.

It will be exciting to see how they perform at the state competition.

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