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The 9th St. Singers perform at the Nebraska Choral Directors Association (NCDA) festival in Alliance. The group earned a gold rating.

Ninth St. Singers earn gold rating at show choir festival

The 9th St. Singers came home with some new hardware.
The Chase County Schools (CCS) show choir traveled to Alliance Monday to compete in the Nebraska Choral Directors Association (NCDA) show choir festival.
CCS earned one of four golds awarded at the festival.
For the NCDA festival, groups do not compete against each other, but against a standard of excellence, based on their school classification.
For a Class C school like CCS, the 9th St. Singers would have had to earn 170 out of 200 points to receive the gold rating and trophy.
They received 195 points, 25 points more than what they needed for gold.
To put it in perspective, a class AA school like Omaha Westside would have needed 183 points to earn a gold.
“It was pretty exciting to see the scores,” Director Jill Bauerle said. “They did really well and all four judges were very positive about our show.”
Bauerle praised the effort of the group in preparing for the festival.
“I am most proud of the team effort that made success possible,” she said. “This group learned five new songs along with new choreography, which often evolved as they learned it.
“The process was not easy, but I love that the singers have ownership in their show,” Bauerle added.
There were 15 mixed groups  that performed at Alliance and one all-women’s group. Four middle school groups also performed, but the CCS junior high group did not attend.
Other schools at the festival included Gering, Holdrege, Alliance, Mitchell, Bayard, Sutherland, North Platte, Kimball, Bridgeport and Julesburg, Colorado.
Also receiving gold plaques were Kimball, Sutherland and Mitchell.
Also taking part in the show was long-time accompanist Rob Browning. Joining this year was Dirk Greene on the trap set. “They’re a huge asset,” Bauerle said.
This was the first time in a long time the 9th St. Singers had to travel for the festival. For the previous 25 years, the festival was held at Chase County Schools.


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