As it has been for a number of years, Chase County Schools in Imperial will host this year’s Nebraska Choir Directors Association’s Show Choir Festival in the western part of the state.
The festival will be held Monday, Feb. 8, in the school auditorium starting at 8:10 a.m. when the first group performs. The day will conclude with awards about 3:45 p.m.
A total of 20 show choirs are scheduled to attend, said CCS 7-12 Vocal Director Randy Hayes.
Both Chase County’s junior high and high school show choirs will perform. The junior high will perform at 9 a.m. while the 9th St. Singers are set for a 2:05 p.m. performance.
Four judges will adjudicate the day, with two of them serving as scoring judges, while the other two will rotate and give verbal critiques at the completion of each group’s performance.
Hayes said selection of an “outstanding” show choir is not part of the NCDA focus for the day, but each group will be performing against a “standard of excellence” point scale based on their NSAA school enrollment.
If a show choir achieves the established point total, that group will receive a Gold Trophy.
The public is invited to attend any or all of the day’s performances, and there is no admission charge.
Other schools planning to bring show choirs to the festival include Minden, Cambridge, North Platte High, North Platte St. Pat’s, Hershey, Kimball, Gering, Scottsbluff, Ogallala Middle School, Bayard and Alliance.
The NCDA is hosting two other show choir festivals this month in the eastern part of the state, Hayes noted.
Norris High School is one site on Feb. 15, while Elkhorn will host a festival on Feb. 22. Randy Hayes will be a judge at the Norris High School festival on Feb. 15.