by Zoe Castle/Staff Writer
GC’s choir program will be participating in the ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) competition soon. Of the six choirs, four will be competing on April 6. Bella Voce, Concert Choir, Freshman Women’s and Freshman Men’s will be those competing. Madrigal will be competing on April 27 and Pop Swing will compete in a show choir competition on March 9.
All of the choirs are getting ready for the competitions and are going to give it their best shot. “I think as a choir we are pretty prepared for ISSMA. We have spent a lot of time working on the songs we are preparing to do and we sound good when we are together,” Peyton Bridges, freshman women’s choir.
Choir teacher Paul Grizzard believes that his students are ready for the competition and will do well. “All choirs this year are on track for a solid performance. We will be performing our ISSMA songs for the GCHS Spring Choir Concert on March 7th which serves as good preparation for the competitions,” said Grizzard.
ISSMA contest has two parts. One part of the competition is for the choir to perform three memorized songs on stage in front of a panel of judges. The other part is performing sight reading examples in front of other judges. ISSMA has five different divisions choirs can choose to compete in, one being the hardest and five being the easiest. “All choirs competing on April 6 are going Division 3. Madrigal is going Division 1 State-Qualifier, which is the most difficult level possible. At this competition, the best choirs are selected to go to State,” said Grizzard.
Bridges believes her choir is ready for the challenge. “I think if we work hard during the class time we are given to prepare for our songs then we could have a chance of winning, We as a whole group have to push ourselves to the best of our abilities and work hard to be able to win,” said Bridges.
For some of the students, this is their first choir competition. “I’m excited because this feels like a real choir competition compared to when I was in the junior high choir,” said Melony Chappell, freshman women’s choir.
Being in an extracurricular activity for school and competing together can be very beneficial to students and can have positive effects on them. It can help students to feel like they’re part of a team or another family. “I love choir and it’s one of the only reasons I like to come to school, it’s a great place to be,” said Ella Cloud, 10, Bella Voce. Many Students who start choir freshman year stick with it throughout their high school life. “This is my second competition, and it’s certainly not my last,” said Cloud.