We are back at work at KHS. Please look at the Schedule of Events for all of our upcoming competitions, concerts, and auditions.
What a day!
On our bus ride to downtown San Antonio we saw pictures of We started at the IMAX Theater Downtown San Antonio and saw a film about the siege of the Alamo. We then walked to the Alamo and saw the grounds. Very neat connection to history! We asked if we could sing inside the Alamo's main room, but were denied. Some of us spent more time than others at the Alamo and then headed to the River walk. What a place that is! Lunch, shopping, and time in the city for all of us. At 3 pm we headed to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Great park!
7 pm was our BBQ with all of the other groups at the festival. Not awesome food, but filling none the less. A few games, including what looked like a 200 person 'ride that pony' circle, and then the awards.
As it turned out there were 10 choirs in our division, 3A here, but they separated classifications.
We received a ONE rating, a GOLD plaque, and the SPIRIT award for the group that best represented our community and school here in San Antonio. A great night for us! There was no ranking for us though, because of the 10 choirs in our division, we were the only one in the Chamber Choir class.
However, due to the high scores that we received from the judges we have been invited to prestigious festivals for 2012 in Chicago, Los Angelas, and New York! The fourth invitation is not only to New York city, but an invitation to perform in Carnegie Hall!
Awards, accolades, and invitations aside; I will tell you that I am very proud of this group of students. They have become very close on this venture into the Lone Star state. They performed difficult literature on Friday at a very high level and that was noticed by the judges in their comments and clinic. Watching students progress throughout the year, and even throughout this last week, is an amazing thing to witness as a choral director. I could not be more proud of the progress that this group has made and I am honored to be a part of it.
Long bus ride home tomorrow, warm up please Springfield!!!!
We left the Dallas area, Burleson, this morning at 9:30 am and arrived in San Antonio at 1:30 pm. We went straight the the North Star Mall where everyone had lunch. Many of us chose the Cheesecake Factory and did little shopping, others chose a lot of shopping and food court for a quick lunch. One of the students even found a prom dress today! From the mall we went to Alamo Heights High School where we warmed up in the music BUILDING (Yes, the music department has their own building) and performed in a wonderful auditorium. The kids sang extremely well and the judges were very impressed. One of the judges worked with the choir on stage after our performance and had so many compliments for them! I was so proud of their effort, their attitude, and their poise on that stage today! The judges' comments made the choir swell with pride, not to mention the director. We found our hotel and at 8 pm we had a pizza party provided by the boosters and a caring parent in the conference room downstairs. The pool and hot tub then filled with students from many schools and states! As I write this it is almost 11 pm which is time to get everyone in their own rooms. Ohio State just lost and tomorrow morning we will leave for the Alamo at 9 am with the Riverwalk, Six Flags, Awards, Banquet, and Festiva
We made it out of Springfield by 5 am! We arrived in Denton Texas at 12:30 pm and went to South Lake Park where we had pre-made Ham, Turkey, and PB&J sandwiches for lunch. We played football and frisbee in the park for a while and just relaxed in the fresh air (79 degrees). We left and went to St. Andrew's Presbyterian church. From there we walked to the town square and ate at Betty Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream. The boys even shared a 20$ (10 pound, guess) Ice Cream Sunday! We returned to the church where we sang for and were given a choral clinic by Cameron LaBarr of the University of North Texas. What a great time the kids had with him! We have reservations shortly at Miranda's Tex Mex next door to the hotel and then some swimming time to follow. We will load the bus at 9 am for a 9:30 departure tomorrow morning for San Antonio! PLEASE SEE THE PHOTO
The Chamber Choir is Texas Bound! We will be in Denton Texas tomorrow performing at St Andrew Presbyterian church at 4 pm. We will then have the honor to be critiqued by Mr. Cameron LaBarr, a Doctoral student at the University of North Texas.
Stay tuned to the KHS Choir Blog for updates on our trip!
Competition is at 5:30 pm on Friday evening!