The Goodnight Men’s and Women’s Choirs recently competed in the Region 18 UIL Concert & Sight reading contest, under the direction of Brigitte Smith, choir director.
Both choirs prepared three concert selections and were required to perform them in front of three judges at the Hays Performing Arts Center. The choirs were judged on tone quality, pitch and rhythm accuracy, tuning, and overall musicality. All three concert judges awarded both the Men’s and Women’s Choir a Division I- Superior rating. After their stage performance, each choir was escorted to the sight reading room and given a piece of music they had never seen before.
Smith said, “The choirs had six minutes to student the music without actually singing it. After the six minutes, they sang through it and were then given two minutes to fix any flaws from the first reading. They then read the piece a second time. They were judged on their pitch and rhythm accuracy, tuning and musicality.”
Again, all three sight reading judges awarded each choir a Division 1- Superior rating. Because each choir received Division I ratings in both categories, they were also awarded the highest honor of “Sweepstakes.” “This year’s Sweepstakes win was an even bigger accomplishment that last year because the choirs were competing in a large-school classification and had to prepare and sight read more difficult music,” Smith said.
Smith was thrilled that the women’s choir received the Sweepstakes trophy for a third year in a row. However, she feels the biggest victory belongs to the Goodnight Men’s Choir. It was only their second year competing, and they went from receiving ratings of Division II & III last year to being the first ever Men’s Choir from Goodnight to receive the honor of Sweepstakes.
Not to be overshadowed, the Goodnight 6th grade Treble Singers competed in the American Classic Capital City Music Festival in Austin. The choir was required to perform three concert pieces in front of three judges. Again, the choirs were judge on their tone quality, pitch and rhythm accuracy, tuning and overall musicality.
Smith says that the choir sang beautifully and was awarded a Division I-Superior rating. Out of a possible 100 points the judges awarded the girls a 97, earning them the coveted “Outstanding Performance” trophy.
The Goodnight choir director boasted, “All three choirs are to be commended for their hard work, dedication and outstanding musicianship.”
|Goodnight Women’s Choir with trophy. ||260.12 KB|
|Goodnight Sixth Grade Choir with trophy. ||314.16 KB|