Saturday, April 26, 2014. Tickets will be available at the door. We hope to see you there!
Monday- 3:30-6:00 Musical Act I; break for Tri Kappa Honors Program; 8:00-9:00 Musical Act II
Tuesday- 6-9 Act I w/Orchestra
Wednesday- 6-9 Act II w/Orchestra
Thursday- 6-9 Run Show w/Orchestra
Friday- Show Choirs after school set up for DCMA dinner; Run Shows at 4:00pm- at DMS
Saturday- ISSMA Contest at Snider H.S. (We still need parents to chaperone buses)
DeKalb Central Music Association Chicken & Tenderloin dinner 4:30pm-8:30pm; Need help cleaning up after
Sunday- Legally Blonde Tech Day 1-6
Up Coming Events
Saturday ISSMA Contest & DeKalb Central Music Association Chicken & Tenderloin Dinner at Middle school with all middle school and high school music groups performing
May 2, 3, 4 Legally Blonde with Art show in gym
May 6 – Rehearsal for Spring Variety Show
May 8 Spring Variety Show/Senior Night
May 12 & 13 – Dance workshops for show choir tryouts
May 14 2014 – 2015 Show Choir Auditions
May 15 Spring Choral Concert/Awards
DeKalb Show Choirs made a big splash at the Waltham Eastern Show Choir Competiton. Sound Sensation captured Grand Champion of the unisex division. 2nd was Bonita Vista HS from Chula Vista California and 3rd was Shepherd Hill. 8 Unisex choirs from Virginia, Indiana, Calfornia and Massachussets competed. Waltham did not give best vocal or best choreography awards in the unisex division.
Classic Connection captured Grand Champion with Best Vocals and Best Choreography. 2nd was Oliver Ames HS from Massachussets, 3rd was Bonita Vista HS from Chula Vista California, 4th was Sheperd Hill, 5th was Hanover HS.
DeKalb Show Choirs then toured New York City on Sunday and Monday, seeing 2 Broadway shows – Pippin and Newsies; a late nite visit to the top of the Empire State Building, a bus tour of upper, central and lower Manhattan on Monday including a stop at the 9 11 Memorial and dinner in Little Italy. Everyone arrived home safely at Tuesday noon.
DeKalb High School’s Sound Sensation girls choir and Classic Connection mixed choir take second place
PLAINFIELD — DeKalb High School show choir members ranked Saturday’s performances at the state finals as their best of the year.
As the judges saw it, they just weren’t quite as good as Northridge.
DeKalb High School’s Classic Connection mixed choir and Sound Sensation girls choir both finished as first runners-up Saturday in their divisions of the Class B state finals at Plainfield High School near Indianapolis.
In the women’s division during the morning and afternoon, DeKalb ranked less than one point behind Northridge, with host Plainfield taking third out of nine competing choirs. DeKalb won the category award for best visual effect, while Northridge won the award for best vocals.
Ditto in the mixed choir divison Saturday night: Plainfield first with best vocals, DeKalb second with best visual effect, this time 2.3 points back, and Plainfield third.
“It was an amazing show — probably the strongest show we’ve done all year,” DeKalb co-director Kent Johnson said about Classic Connection’s performance. A few hours earlier, he used almost exactly the same words to describe Sound Sensation’s effort.
Johnson said Classic Connection overcame a major distraction when a member of the choir became ill just as the show was ready to begin.
Still, “We performed a great show. We left it all out on the stage, and we represented everything we stand for,” said senior choir member Grant Lockwood.
“It was one of our best performances all year,” said Chandler Likes.
“I’ve never been more proud of my family,” senior Anna Muckenfuss said about her fellow choir members, adding, “and I don’t want to leave them at the end of the year.”
“We performed for all the right reasons,” said Chris Mock. “There’s no other show choir that I would rather be a part of.”
Earlier in the day, Sound Sensation members spoke proudly of their runner-up showing.
“All I have to say is: We rocked!” said Brittany Pogue. “I feel like today we were completely awesome — and we had a great season.”
Sound Sensation won the women’s division at five show choir contests this winter.
“Overall, I’m really proud of Sound Sensation,” said Elizabeth Bolinger. “We’ve been blessed with an amazing year and an amazing show.”
“This season has probably been my favorite” of four years in the group, said Megan Buss. “Sometimes, we can’t really control the outcome. I’m pleased with where we’re at.”
“This year has probably been the closest as a family” for the group, said Julianne Boyd. “Our show probably was the best one we’ve ever had.”
Sound Sensation repeated its second-place finish of 2013. The choir has won the women’s state title three times in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Classic Connection had won the state crown in four of the past five years, finishing second in 2012. This season, Classic Connection took home the overall grand champion trophy from three contests.
Classic Connection’s show began with a medley of “Save the World” by Pentatonics and “Speed of Light” by Avalon, with a solo by Anna Muckenfuss. It continued with “Raise You Up” from the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots,” featuring solos by Julianne Boyd and Matt Irwin. Another medley mixed “There’s a World” and “The Power of One.“ A ballad, Broadway tune “Change the World,” had a solo by Megan Buss. Bruce Bell sang a solo in “One World,” and the show closed with “Around the World,” including a solo by Brandon Park
Sound Sensation started its show with a magical theme. The opening mixed Broadway tunes “Magic” from “Xanadu” and “Magic to Do” from “Pippin,” with a solo by Muckenfuss. The theme continued with a medley of “I Put a Spell On You,” “Love Potion No. 9” and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, featuring soloist Boyd.
The show’s ballad was a medley of “With You” from “Pippin” and “Gifts of Love” from “The Baker’s Wife,” spotlighting soloist Brittany Pogue. Next came “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” by a quintet of senior girls —Buss, Boyd, Pogue, Muckenfuss and Adele Poudrier, plus a saxophone solo by Austin King.
“Heartbreak Hotel” from the Elvis Presley tribute musical “All Shook Up” had a solo by Buss. The show concluded with Broadway tune “Give It Up” featuring a duet by Poudrier and Pogue.
The Indiana State School Music Association state finals contest often ends the show choirs’ competition season, but not this year. DeKalb’s groups will travel during spring break, April 3-8, to perform in a large contest at Waltham, Mass. From there, the choirs will visit New York to see two Broadway shows and tour the city, including the 9/11 memorial and Empire State Building.
By Eric Dutkiewicz – 21Alive
The show choirs, competing in either the women’s division or mixed division in both small and large classifications, will perform as part of the all-day competitions at Plainfield and Indianapolis North Central high schools.
Northeast Indiana show choirs competing are: Carroll High School’s Select Sound and Ministrel Magic, Columbia City High School’s City Lights and City Heat, DeKalb High School’s Sound Sensation and Classic Connection, East Noble High School’s Premiere Edition, Huntington North High School’s Varsity Singers and Northrop High School’s Allure and Charisma.
21Alive extends good luck to all the show choirs competing.
Monday 6:30 – 9 Classic Connection
Tuesday 6:30 – 9 Sound Sensation
Wednesday 6:30 – 9 Legally Blonde Leads and Greek Chorus
Thursday 7:30 State Finals Preview Show for the Community. Everyone welcome – no admission.
Friday 5:15 Load trailer
Saturday STATE FINALS!!!!!
Watseka Illinois was the location for the end of the regular competition season for DeKalb Show Choirs. Sound Sensation won the Women’s division as well as the award for Best Band. Christy Williams was named Best Performer in the show. Sound Sensation also scored high enough to qualify them for the finals.
Classic Connection won Grand Champion with Best Vocals and Best Choreography. They also won an award for having the Best Costumes. Brittany Pogue was named Best Performer in the show. 2nd was Sullivan Illinois, 3rd was Sound Sensation, 4th El Paso Gridley Mixed, 5th Alan B. Shepard and 6th was El Paso Gridley women’s choir.
Both groups qualified for the State Finals in Plainfield IN next Saturday. Sound Sensation performs at 10:30 am and Classic Connection performs at 5 pm.
Sound Sensation and Classic Connection will perform their shows for the community on Thursday evening at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend – there is no admission charge. We will also take a few minutes to recognize our seniors.