They may have all been singing the same style of music, but Day Two at the BHS Midwinter Convention was anything but indistinguishable.
17 junior choruses and 6 senior choruses graced the stage at the Grand Ole Opry and it was a whirlwind of colors, smiles, and ringing chords. With eight choruses earning an overall rating of Superior, picking just one winner would have been an extremely difficult task.
Rowdy Rhythm of Peters Township High School in McMurray, PA has been a presence here in Nashville since they arrived. Their energy on stage was no different. They kicked off the day and their set with “Waving Through A Window” from Dear Evan Hanson and continued with “Cheer Up Charlie” and “Strike Up the Band/Everybody Step” dressed in high school attire to tell a beautiful story.
NAfME Music Educator of the Year Lori Lyford led two choruses on stage with her women’s chorus, Chandler High School Treblemakers, earning a Superior rating with renditions of “Lucky Day,” “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel),” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.” The Chandler High School Men’s Choir earned a rating of Outstanding, singing “Shut De Do,” “Surfer Girl,” and ”Drivin’ Me Crazy”
Last year’s NAfME award winner, Debbie Cleveland, returned with a spectacular show again this year, themed around The Greatest Showman. With sensational harmonies and their signature impressive choreography, Hurricane of Harmony also earned a Superior rating, the Plateau AAA Award and was selected as Audience Favorite, earning a performance spot in the Saturday Night Show.
A CAPPELLA! out of James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, MD received the Plateau AA Award and Upbeat! From Lopez Early College High School received the Plateau A Award. The evening’s emcee, Brian Newhouse, awarded the Wildcat Chord Ringers from New Jersey the Presenter’s Award for their bayou-themed set full of costume changes, dance moves, and personality for miles.
On the Senior side, both Dixie District Seniors Chorus and the Carolina Statesmen earned Superior ratings. Under the direction of Jimmy Thompkins, the Dixie District Seniors Chorus was named the International Seniors Chorus Festival Champion.
The excitement from Nashville continues today as the Senior Quartet Contest kicks off at 11 am CST and the Convention closes out with the Saturday Night Show at 7:30 pm, all from the Grand Ole Opry. Don’t miss a minute – you can see it all LIVE right here on FloVoice.