Women’s choir earns superior rating at state
The Eudora High School women's choir earned a superior rating April 16 at the Kansas State High School Activities Association State Choral Festival at Gardner-Edgerton High School. The women's ensemble received top honors with a Division I rating for the second consecutive year.
Three judges evaluated the choir on various musical aspects and presentational factors. To earn top ratings from all judges, choir director Angela Yarnell said the choir had to blend well, sing expressively, and show mastery of contrasting styles of music.
"From the moment the choir entered the room, the entire performance was marked by a high level of enthusiasm, focus and overall professionalism," Yarnell said. "We are building on the success of last year and setting a new standard of excellence for the music program in Eudora."
The choir performed Franz Schubert's "Lachen und Weinen" and Allen Koepke's "And Nature Smiled." Yamey said foreign exchange student Sarah Hoeller was especially helpful in the choir's study of the German text for "Lachen." One judge commented on the rarity of such accurate German diction and congratulated the choir.
The choir was also honored to have Dr. John Paul Johnson, Director of Choirs at Kansas University, visit as a guest clinician in preparation for the festival. Johnson complimented the women on their "gorgeous sound" and hard work. He also encouraged the women to strive to be their best, Yarnell said.
"The choir has been working hard, and I am very proud of them," Yarnell said.
Members of the women's choir are: Lona Adams, Jaime Becker, Erica Berry, Jamie Burrous, Connie Chastain, Maggie Chilcoat, Tina Clark, Rachel Coulter, Kathryn Craig, Heather Flowers, Amanda Gordon, Kathrine Green, Ashley Harrell, Sarah Hoeller, Ashlea Jurkovich, Amanda Koerner, April Lampke, Bobi-Jo Lana, Tina Lauber, Jennifer Lee, Kathy Lewis, Serena McAlexander, Tanith Murphy-Bixby, Heather Murrell, Kara Pittman, April Reno, Mandi Sander, Emilie Slavin, Sarah Stieben, Trisha Tyree, Amber Vogel, Rachel Welsh, Tabitha Welsh and Erin Whisler. Helen Hawley accompanies the choir.
The choir's next performance is at the Eudora High School first-ever variety show at 7:30 p.m. May 16 in the high school auditorium
The Eudora Middle School choir participated in the Frontier League Choir Festival April 17 at Spring Hill Middle School. Eudora vocal music students rehearsed with fellow students from Anderson County, Baldwin, Spring Hill and Wellsville middle schools under the direction of Emporia State University's choral activities director Terry Barham. The Eudora singers performed a concert that evening with the other students, creating a chorus of about 350 singers.
The league choir festival, an annual event since 1972, used to have all schools singing together, but enrollment growth has caused choirs to practice and perform at two venues. Another 300 singers from the other league schools practiced and performed in Gardner.
The Eudora High school Men's Ensemble will travel to Salina this weekend to perform at the State Solo and Small Ensemble Festival. The choir earned the right to go to state after qualifying at the regional festival two weeks ago with a superior rating.
Soloists also performing at the state level are Curtis Hickman and Jesse Murphy.