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Outstanding Day For Show Choirs At State Contest

By Staff | Feb 14, 2012

High Voltage, the Emmetsburg High School varsity show choir, and Black and Gold, the Emmetsburg High School junior varsity show choir, enjoyed an outstanding day at the Iowa High School Music Association State Show Choir Contest held Jan. 30, at LeMars. High Voltage received a unanimous Division I (Superior) rating for their performance at State, and Black and Gold earned a very high Division II (Excellent) rating. David Fog directs both groups.

State Show Choir Contest is designed to evaluate a performance and to provide suggestions for improvement. The groups are evaluated by three qualified judges assigned by the IHSMA, who provide tape recorded or written critique of each group and then assign a divisional rating from Division I (Superior) to Division V (Poor).

High Voltage received a unanimous Division I rating from all three judges for their performance. This is the twenty-ninth time in 30 years that High Voltage show choir has earned a Division I rating at State Contest.

“Our students have accomplished so much success at State Contest over the years, that it may interesting to put things in perspective,” said David Fog. “There are 103 school classified in 2A state wide. In Class 2A, only nine Division I ratings were awarded at Show Choir Contest in 2012. So, it really is an accomplishment to be proud of.”

Fog continued, “The singers, band and crew of High Voltage worked very hard to be prepared for State Contest and were very excited to give their show lots of energy and polish. We had to work through some adversity this year as several of our group members were unable to perform. Everyone dug in and contributed their very best, and the results speak for themselves. We can enter our future competitions with a lot of confidence that we have worked to put together a great show, and can now use our suggestions we received at state to continue to improve.”

The JV show choir, Black and Gold, received and overall Division II rating, missing a Division I rating by only two points.

“Black and Gold really nailed their performance at state, giving a lot of excellent showmanship to an entertaining show.” said Fog. “Their great work habits are really improving. They came a long ways in the week leading up to state. As a younger group, they will continue to improve vocally as they mature. They are definitely off to a great start and should be a very strong group as they continue through the program in the coming years.”

Both groups are appreciative of their accompanists and pit bands that played during the singing and dancing. Special thanks are extended to Kelley Fog, the High Voltage adult accompanist.

“Their willingness to be involved as members of the show choirs adds extra polish to the show choir performances,” said Fog. “The groups and I also thank Erica Ireland, who choreographed the High Voltage show, and Laura Fog, who choreographed the Black and Gold set. The groups are appreciative of all of the parents who were able to attend the performances and support the efforts of the groups.”