Choral students perform in concert |

Choral students perform in concert

Bridget Manley

The Moffat County High School choir performs during the Fall Vocal Clinic Concert on Tuesday night at the high school. The event, which featured choirs from eight high schools, gave students experience singing in front of their peers.

The sounds of eight choirs filled the Moffat County High School auditorium with music Tuesday night.

MCHS choir students, along with members of seven other high school choirs, took to the stage during the Fall Vocal Clinic concert.

The event allowed students to first perform in their school ensembles, then together as a group, in front of an audience of community members.

Each high school choir brought its own prepared piece to the clinic. Then, the clinician, Dr. William Skoog, choral activities director at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, helped the choirs fine-tune their pieces.

More than 270 students attended the clinic, according to the concert program.

During Tuesday’s performance, ensembles from Moffat County, Soroco, Coal Ridge and Rifle high schools sang pieces ranging from Cynthia Gray’s ‘The Clouds” to “Hotaru Koi,” a Japanese children’s song.

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Moffat County High School’s jazz choir chose “The Awakening,” by Joseph Martin, for its central piece.

In the second part of the program, students from all high schools present sang under Skoog’s direction. Choirs from Glenwood, Grand Valley, Steamboat Springs and West Grand high schools joined students who had performed in the first part of the program.

The concert is noncompetitive and gives students the benefits of performing with their peers and receiving training from a university choir director, said Daniel Mullens, choral activities director for MCHS and Craig Middle School.

“Just the experience of singing with other students is a tremendous asset just to their experience as choral musicians,” he said, adding that MCHS has hosted the annual event for about five years.

Mullens said choral students also benefit from the tutelage of Skoog, a “master teacher.”

There’s another advantage to the concert, he said.

“And it’s fun.”