Royal Palm Beach High School’s Chorus program ended the year with its first appearance at state competition in ten years and straight superiors at St. Andrews School in Boca Raton. After performing exceptionally well at their MPA (Music Performance Assessment) in March at Forest Hill High School, RPBHS made their way to St. Andrews School where they achieved their year-long dream of earning straight superiors at the state competition.
The ranking system of these competitions fall under five categories; the categories range (from highest to lowest) Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor. The ratings are based on Musicianship, Tone Quality, Technical Preparation, Musical Effect and Sight, which involves reading music that has never been seen.
“I’m very proud of my students,” said David Sommer, Chorus Director at RPBHS. “This is my second year here at RPBHS and I turned students who couldn’t get their pitch right into exceptional singers.” Sommer is not the only one pleased with the Chorus’s progress this year. The members of the group are thrilled to have been part of such an amazing year.
“I believe we have achieved so much this year,” Said Ashley Osuch, a member of the chorus program. “Making it to States was a huge honor and an unbelievable experience.”
The Chorus and their director now have to look forward to next year, where they will to rebuild and retool their group after losing seniors to graduation. Sommer said that he would like for the group to grow beyond the small group he has now and expand into multiple groups, all capable of competing at the highest level.
For more information contact at David Sommer (561) 753-4000 or via e-mail at David.Sommer@palmbeach.k12.fl.us.