CLOVER — The Clover High School choral program won the South Carolina State Choral Festival this past weekend, taking top honors including four consecutive championships in nine out of the last 11 years.
The event is sponsored by the S.C. Music Educator’s Association.
Directed by Jay Forrest, the 116-member group featuring American Idol contestant Ja’Bria Barber took to the stage at Columbia’s St. Andrews Baptist Church Friday night to perform two pieces of prepared choral literature for the competition. The group opened with Frank Ticheli’s “There Will Be Rest” and capped the performance with “The Conversion of Saul” by Z. Randall Stroope.
Following the group’s performance, it competed in the site-singing competition. During this segment, judges provide the group with an original piece and allow five minutes of rehearsal before an impromptu performance. The Choraliers received a superior rating in this event.
Also competing at the event was the Clover High School Mixed Ensemble. Comprised primarily of underclassmen, this group received superior ratings in both performance and sight-singing.
The Choraliers and the Mixed Ensemble were among 32 groups representing 16 schools competing in the AAAA classification at the S.C. Music Educator’s Association event
The Choraliers now shift their attention to the spring show, “Miss Saigon,” to be presented May 2, 4 and 5 at the Clover School District Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25 in the auditorium box office at 1625 S.C. 55 East in Clover.
Following the three-show run, the Choraliers will wrap up the year with two performances as part of the Gastonia Concert Association’s Candelight Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, N.C. As part of the Candlelight Concert Series, the group will perform both pieces from the state championship performance.
Visit the Choraliers’ web site at www.clover.k12.sc.us/choraliers to watch and listen to last weekend’s performance and to view full box office hours.