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Posted on Mar 27, 2018

Music groups excel; choir heads to Wenatchee

The Quincy High School Spectrum Choir earned superior ratings at the Washington Music Educators Association’s North Central competition last month.
Superior is the highest set of ratings possible. The rating earned the choir the second-alternate position, the equivalent of third place. If the two choirs that finished ahead of Quincy drop out, the QHS Spectrum Choir will compete at state in Ellensburg later this month.
Out of the 10-person choir, six competed as soloists, with three of them earning a rating of Superior and three receiving a rating of Excellent, which is just below Superior.
In addition, the QHS Concert Choir will compete in a large-group festival of choirs in Wenatchee, Thursday, March 29, with the performance schedule at 9:50 a.m. at Wenatchee High School.

The Quincy High School Spectrum Choir performs at the Chuck McConnell Performing Arts Center.
Photo by Sebastian Moraga/Post-Register

Concert Choir and Spectrum Choir sang some of the songs they will sing in Wenatchee and Ellensburg during a concert at QHS on March 14. The Quincy High School Band also performed that night.
During the competition, the Quincy choir will have some familiar faces in the audience: The choir from Ephrata High will sit in on their performance, and vice-versa.
“Tim O’Donnell is the director of their program and has been really supportive of our program,” QHS choir director Kylie Youngren said. “Even though in athletics there might be a little more of a rivalry, in music, all boats rise when everyone is doing good.”
In addition, the junior high choir will perform in the same festival, Tuesday, March 27, at 1:30 p.m.
Moreover, the band, under the direction of Michael Silk, was set to perform at a music festival in Chelan on Tuesday, March 20.
Lastly, next June, both choirs will attend the large Silverwood Music Festival in Silverwood, Idaho.
The trip to Idaho is a first for Youngren as a choir director and marks yet another milestone in a year of progress for the choir, with rising numbers, higher community involvement (more than a dozen performances to date) and high marks at competitions.
“I’ve tried to create a space where (students) can enjoy themselves but also make great music,” Youngren said. “If you can hold yourself to a standard of excellence and still have fun, that makes it more fun.”
The exposure that comes with the community performances has led in part to the higher numbers, Youngren said, adding that the number of boys in the choir has surprised even her. The Concert Choir had four boys in the first semester. Last week’s concert had 10 boys perform.
“Kids see something they want to be a part of,” Youngren said. “‘Oh, that’s kind of cool, maybe I’ll try that.’ ”

By Sebastian Moraga, sports@4n5.ecc.myftpupload.com