Central Massachusetts Show Choir Festival

By Sam Bianco

The Central Massachusetts Show Choir Festival is hosted at Shepherd Hill Regional High School on the first weekend in February each year. This year, it hosted 19 competing high school choirs among three divisions: small mixed (SM), which is a mixed group consisting of less than 40 performers; unisex (US), any group that consists exclusively of boys or girls; and large mixed (LM), any mixed group of more than 40 performers. This is a common division structure in the northeast. It loosely ties to tier one and tier two competitions in the Midwest (with tier one being large mixed and tier two being small mixed).
SMALL MIXED

Bishop Hendriken – Paramount – School of Rock – SM – Silver Medal – Grand Champions
Excellent Ballad
Overall Character and Theme
Best Male Soloist
Best Female Soloist

South Windsor – Choral Spectrum – SM – Silver Medal – 1st Runner-Up
Amazing Solo Stage Presence
Best Band

Bartlett – Impressions – SM – Silver Medal – 2nd Runner-Up
Peoples Choice

Boston Latin – Pizzaz – SM – Silver Medal – UR

Whitman-Hanson – High Frequency – The Hard Wired Harmonics – SM – Silver Medal - UR
Outstanding Guitar Player
Outstanding Character in a Solo
Individual Performance
Student Choreographer

Joseph Case High School – ShowCASE – Revolution – SM – Bronze Medal - UR

Windsor Locks – Vocal Motion – Another World – SM – Broze Medal – UR

UNISEX

Andover – Back to Bass-ics – Final Countdown – US – Silver Medal – Grand Champion
Captivating Performer - Back to Bass-ics 
Best Male Solo

Lowell – Soundsations – Bound For Broadway – US – Silver Medal – 1st Runner-Up
Best Female Solo
Peoples Choice 

Andover – Nothin’ But Treble – Dreams –US – Silver Medal – 2nd Runner-Up

Somerset Berkley – Amplified – Mean Girls – US – Bronze Medal – 3rd Runner-Up
Best Band

Shepherd Hill – Illusion – Confidence is Beautiful – HOST/US

LARGE MIXED

Daniel Hand – Vibe – Salem Witch Trials – LM – Gold - GC
Outstanding Character
Best Female Solo- Daniel Hand
Best Band - Daniel Hand 

Oliver Ames – Panache – LM – Gold – 1st Runner-Up
Extreme Dynamics Control
Best Horns

Olentangy – Keynotes – LM – Gold – 2nd Runner-Up
Outstanding Solo

Andover – From Start to Finish – Freak Show – LM – Gold – 3rd Runner-Up
Overall Theatrical Excellence

Tantasqua – Encore – Aliens? – LM – Silver - UR
People’s Choice 

Lowell – Sound Impressions – LM – Silver - UR
Drop The Mic 
Best Male Solo

Waltham – Music Unlimited – LM – Silver - UR
Sum Greater Than It's Parts Solo 
Simply Phenomenal Men 

Somerset Berkley – First Date – LM – Silver - UR
Amazing Stage Presence 

Shepherd Hill – Fantasy – Fahrenheit 451 – HOST/LM
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