It’s rare for a junior high ensemble to earn a Gold Trophy at the annual Show Choir Festival, but Chase County’s did just that Monday when the event was held in Imperial. The Chase County group was the second to perform among 19 show choirs. (Johnson Publications photo)
At Monday’s Show Choir Festival, Chase County’s 9th St. Singers returned to the stage for their final number in new costumes to sing “Jump, Jive An’ Wail,” helping the high school singers win another Gold Trophy. (Johnson Publications photo)
Both CCS show choirs earn Festival Gold Trophy
Chase County’s junior high show choir and the high school’s 9th St. Singers both earned a Gold Trophy at Monday’s Festival held at Chase County Schools (CCS).
The annual western site Show Choir Festival, held here for the 23rd year, drew 17 other show choirs from the area.
Randy Hayes directed both CCS show choirs in Monday’s Festival, and said the event is not a competition. Rather, schools are awarded points by the judges, and those earning the required number for their class earn a Gold Trophy.
Junior high groups are not scored toward a Gold Trophy, but the judges can choose to award a trophy for “exemplary performances,” Hayes said.
Chase County’s junior high show choir was the only junior high group given a Gold Trophy Monday. It marked the first time for that since 2011.
Also receiving Gold Trophies were Gering Harmony, Gold Dust from Holdrege, 27th St. Singers of Scottsbluff and the Scottsbluff Choralaires.
Judges here included Kevin Kilpatrick of the Omaha Public Schools, Brett Epperson of Lincoln East, Jason Frew of Aurora High School and Nickolas Anderson of Sioux City.
Other schools represented at Monday’s Festival were Sutherland, Hershey, Creek Valley, Bayard, Mitchell, Alliance, North Platte St. Pat’s and Kimball.
The show choir festivals, with two others held in eastern Nebraska, are organized each year by the Nebraska Choral Directors Association.