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UNITED: Vocalists sing way to the top

by ALYSSA DECKER, Gazette Student News Reporter on March 08, 2013 10:50 AM

ARMAGH — Recently, six United High School choral members were sent to Franklin High School to compete in District Chorus. These students were seniors Billie Sue Bracken and Stephanie Walters, juniors McKinsey Capitosti and Thomas Schill-inger, and sophomores Jesse Isenberg and Alexandra Rape.

For district auditions, students are split into their part sections (soprano 1 and 2; alto 1 and 2; tenor 1 and 2; bass 1 and 2). The students then audition in front of a panel of judges. The students are each given two pieces of music with which to practice and audition. The judges give the pitch for the first song, students sing that piece, and then the second pitch is given for the second piece of music. The audition and how well a student performs in the audition determine which chair they get for districts and whether or not they continue to Regionals. After auditioning is completed, the rest of the time is spent practicing and preparing for the concert.

This year five students advanced to Regionals, and the sixth qualified as an alternate. Bracken placed second (alto 1), Capitosti placed fifth (tenor 1); Isenberg placed ninth (tenor 1); Rape (alto 2) placed 11th as an alternate; Schillinger placed fifth (bass 1); and Walters placed first (alto 1).

Regarding districts, Acey Gongaware, music teacher, stated, “I believe the students did very well this year, and both Bracken and Walters placed in the top for the alto 1s. United rocked the alto 1 section!”

The next step for the qualifying students is Regionals, which will be held March 20-23.

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