Students Audition for District Chorus

Find out about who advanced to the district seven chorus.

This is an image of the 2018  District 7 chorus.

Courtesy of Southern York County School District

This is an image of the 2018 District 7 chorus.

Martin Schroeder, Reporter

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Three students tried out for the recent district choir audition run by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association(PMEA) on Oct.27.

These students were juniors Michael Daiuto, Anna Feild, and senior Daniel Poole.

Feild said the start of the audition process was stressful.

“…It’s a lot of waiting. You to wait in line to audition, and then you have to wait a good five hours for your score cards and then another hour to see if you are in the choir or not,” said Feild. 

Then, the auditioners wait until their name is called; auditions usually consist of previously learned songs.

Michael Daiuto enjoyed the audition as he spent the day with his friends.

“…I like spending the whole day just with a few friends, and then once your audition’s over, it’s like free time,” said Daiuto.

The guest conductor will be Gabriel Crouch,  the director of Choral Activities and Senior Lecturer in Music at Princeton University.

Crouch was a part of the acapella group called “The King’s Singer” in 1996.

Over the next eight years, he made a dozen recordings for the BMG label and gave over 900 performances in many major venues.

Only Daiuto made the cut into the PMEA district seven chorus and is excited to participate.

“I really enjoy the process and [am] really excited to go district chorus,” said Daiuto.”It’s a really great opportunity to grow as a singer. You get to perform with very talented singers, and and the guest conductor is very knowledgeable….  it is very helpful to learn from [him] as well, since [he has] a new perspective.”

The district chorus is held on Feb. 7-9, 2019 at Cedar Cliffs High School in Harrisburg.

The hosts are Matthew Topping, a music teacher at Cedar Cliff High School,  and Caitlin Shepski, a teacher at Red Land High School.

The auditorium doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 5:00 p.m.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

The bad weather date is Feb. 11, 2019.

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