Gloucester High School chorus students will cap a year of accomplishments by presenting a free spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s auditorium.
"Anyone looking for an evening of enjoyable music sung by a fabulous group of teenagers should plan to attend," said chorus director Greta Reed.
The final concert of the school year doubles as an opportunity to recognize honors achieved by the singers, and to remember special moments experienced by members of four choral groups—Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Select Ensemble and Select Women’s Chorus—through the year.
At a district chorus festival in March, the choirs received superior ratings that served to qualify GHS, for the third year in a row, as a Blue Ribbon School. To achieve this distinction, all the music programs in a school—both band and chorus—must earn high ratings.
Also this year, three GHS students were selected via competitive audition as delegates to the Virginia All-State Chorus, a three-day event held last month in Virginia Beach. Sarah Hogg and Michael Bendit sang in the SATB mixed choir, and Becca Clubb sang in the SSAA all-women’s choir.
"Making All-State Chorus," Bendit remarked, "was the ultimate sign for me to continue my music education beyond high school. Participating in a choir full of the best singers in Virginia was truly surreal and the experience of a lifetime."
Another special experience was a trip to San Francisco, also in April. Twenty-two chorus students, accompanied by four adult chaperones, sang at the famed Grace Cathedral. "The choral sound reverberated for eight seconds around the beautiful sanctuary," Reed recalled.
In class at GHS, chorus students under Reed’s direction explore different musical periods and genres from around the world, and may sing in Latin, Spanish or French.