By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
There were fewer groups than originally planned, but Monday’s show choir festival went on as scheduled in the Chase County Schools auditorium.
Snowy and cold weather kept some groups home, but nine schools and 11 show choirs were able to perform in the western site’s Nebraska Choral Directors Association (NCDA) Show Choir Festival.
Among them was Chase County’s own 9th St. Singers, which earned a Gold Trophy for a 19th year, and represents the highest award given.
CCS Director Randy Hayes said the students from CCS performed very well Monday.
“They are involved in so many other activities that it is unusual to have them all together at one time,” Hayes said.
“So, when they are finally together, it is a joy to see them perform so well.”
A Gold Trophy is earned when the group tallies a specified number of points by the judges based on the class in which they compete. The 9th St. Singers compete in Class C, so had to earn a minimum of 165 points.
Other point total requirements are 180 for AA, 175 for A, 170 for B and 160 for D.
Besides the 9th St. Singers, the Gering Harmony, Alliance Harmonics and North Platte St. Pat’s Saintsations also earned Gold Trophies Monday.
Judges for the festival included:
Clayton Moyer, vocal director at Kearney High School;
Jeff Vyhlidal, vocal director at Grand Island High School; Adam Lambert, vocal director at Elkhorn South High School; and
Pat Ribar, vocal director at Gretna High School.
Vyhlidal, Lambert and Riber each have their own show choir groups who compete in numerous festivals in eastern Nebraska and Iowa.
Besides Chase County, other schools bringing show choirs to the festival here were Ogallala, Cambridge, Hershey (2), Sutherland (2), Kimball, Gering, Alliance and North Platte St. Pat’s. Three of the groups performing were junior high age; the rest were high school.
Bayard was unable to bring its three groups due to the weather. Alliance scratched its girls’ group but brought their mixed show choir. Bellevue East was also on the schedule, but cancelled due to a last minute administrative decision, Hayes said.
Chase County has hosted the western site’s show choir festival 20 years. Hayes said weather has impacted it just three times.