A year ago, Los Alamitos High School choir director David Moellenkamp was showered with awards at the FAME Show Choir National Finals in Chicago. Not only did his advanced women's choir, Soundtrax, and advanced mixed choir, SoundFX, beat over 20 groups and win numerous awards, but they were also named national grand champions for the second straight year.
The Orange County, CA, high school will look to continue its dynastic reign this weekend, when the FAME Show Choir National Finals return to Arie Crown Theater on Saturday, April 22.
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Los Alamitos SoundTrax 2016 National Championship-Winning Set
Los Alamitos SoundFX 2016 National Championship-Winning Set
On top of their first-place victory in 2016, Soundtrax took home Aspire Awards for Best Show Design, Best Vocals, Best Visuals, and Best Diction. In the Mixed Division, SoundFX also renewed their first-place crown and brought home Aspire Awards for Best Male and Female Sound, Most Original Selection for "Smoke and Mirrors," Best Costumes, Best Show Design, Best Vocals, Best Visuals, and Best Repertoire.
Los Alamitos High School Show Choir History
In addition to the choir's victories, Moellenkamp was honored with the Vocal Vanguard Aspire Award, the industry's highest honor for vocal music direction. Los Al's choreographer, April James, was also recognized with a Visual Vanguard Aspire Award for creative excellence in choreography.
We just want to put on a great show," Moellenkamp said. "The kids have worked very hard and we are excited to perform our shows in Chicago."
What does Los Alamitos High School have in store for this year, you ask? Here's a little taste:
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