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Choir sends six students to All-State Conference
Choir sends six students to All-State Conference
Posted on 12/04/2017
Choir sends six students to All-State ConferenceSartans are used to competing against students from local, larger schools, but by the time the All-State Band, Choir, and Orchestra auditions concluded, St. Pius X students faced off against musicians from every district in New Mexico, regardless of NMAA classification.

Of the approximately 1,000 students that auditioned for choir, six SPX students were were honored with inclusion in the All-State Choir. Those six students auditioned for soprano in two different ensembles, treble choir and mixed chorus, of which there were only 67 available positions. Out of the total auditioning pool, students only had roughly a seven percent chance of earning a spot. Performing in the treble choir will be Mia Kroeter, Julia Lopez, and Davin Ruggles. Mixed chorus performers are Briana Enriquez, Darcy Robinson, and Amanda Stone.

Clarissa Clark, SPX Choir Director, discussed the work involved in preparing for the auditions. “They begin by preparing a solo piece, often in a foreign language, several did Italian arias,” Clark said. Additionally, a choral piece is selected for students, this year’s song is “The Singing Heart” by Bob Chilcott. The final component to the audition is sight-reading. They are judged based on their ability to interpret and perform a song on an initial attempt. This is generally more difficult for choir students since they do not have frets or valves to assist with pitch and must also contend with lyrics. Clark said, “The sight-reading makes or breaks you.”

As challenging as the audition was, students will have to re-audition, from memory, before the conference. The All-State Conference is scheduled for January 10th through the 13th at UNM. Those that successfully re-audition will rehearse all day Thursday and Friday. On Saturday there are multiple concerts scheduled. The student’s ensemble determines which concert to attend. The choir concert begins at 3 p.m. with the treble choir, and at 3:45 p.m. the mixed chorus performs. 

Tickets can be purchased the week of the conference at the ticket office in the UNM bookstore. Visit nmmea.com for the most up-to-date schedule and additional information.

All-State Choir Students
The six choir students representing SPX at the All-State Conference are clockwise from top left Mia Kroeter, sophomore, Darcy Robinson, sophomore, Davin Ruggles, junior, Briana Enriquez, senior, Amanda Stone, junior, and Julia Lopez, junior. Jim Morley Theatre, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.
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