INDIANA: Students excel at District Chorus
It’s no secret that Indiana Area Senior High School has a very strong music education program. On Jan. 8 to 11, 10 Indiana students participated in the District 3 Chorus Festival held at Clarion-Limestone High School in Strattanville and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.
At the festival, students competed in an individual audition process to determine eligibility to advance to the Region II Chorus event, which will be held Feb. 12-15 at Girard High School. Students must rank in the top 10 in their particular section out of 20 to 27 students per section to advance.
A remarkable nine of 10 Indiana students will represent the school at this year’s Region II event.
These students are Brendon Curry, Michael Kahle, Paul Kane, Jordan Lamar, Isaac Mbogo, Keely McCune, Vrenda Soni, Ben Strong and Valarie Varner.
[PHOTO: Keely McCune, a senior at Indiana Area Senior High School, was chosen to perform the Italian art song “Se tu m’ami” at this year’s District 3 Chorus Festival. (Photo courtesy of The Clarion News)]
Students were assisted this year not only by Scott Salser, Indiana chorus director, but also by Dr. Ryan Beeken, Indiana University of Pennsylvania chorus director, who visited the school and added his time and talents to the preparation.
Varner, a senior, was very thankful for the opportunity. “It was a great experience being able to work with Dr. Beeken,” she said.
“He brought a lot of energy which helped us to focus and realize our true potential.”
In addition to advancing on to the Region II Chorus, senior Keely McCune was chosen to give a solo performance at the Friday evening concert. McCune gracefully sang the Italian art song “Se tu m’ami.”
McCune was clearly thrilled with the District Chorus event. “This year’s District 3 Chorus Festival was an extremely positive experience,” she said.
“Working with Dr. Beeken is never disappointing and I was even given the unique opportunity to sing a concert solo. I had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see what the next festival will bring.”