by Claire Milligan
About 400 choir students gathered at Pella High School for the LHC Choir Festival on November 15, 50 of whom were from Pella Christian. They rehearsed in the afternoon and performed that evening.
The LCH Choir Festival is made up of eight different choirs, one from each of the schools in the Little Hawkeye conference. The event is hosted each fall at one of the schools in the conference.
Each school performed one piece individually, and the choirs sang five pieces combined. PC’s choir director Tim Van Voorst picked “Unclouded Day,” arranged by Shawn Kirchner, to be performed by the PCHS Concert Choir.
“The day went very well, and I was pleased with the performances of each school in our conference. The gym at Pella High was full with spectators of the event,” said Van Voorst.
Not only did a choir event take place that month, but band students were also busy. Four of the eight students who auditioned at Roosevelt High School on November 30 were accepted into the SCIBA Honor Band. The number of musicians who auditioned and the number who were accepted into the band is the highest for PC in more than six years.
Junior Levi Jansen received third chair percussion, junior Jaed Van Maanen received second chair tuba, sophomore Peter Larson received first chair alto sax, and senior Nathan Ver Meer received first chair trombone.
The audition included 12 major scales memorized at a defined tempo, and a chromatic scale in the full range of the instrument, performed as fast as possible. Woodwind and brass auditions required two etudes, and percussion required three etudes and rudiments. Those who made it will participate in the honor band festival in Ankeny on January 6.
“I’m very proud of our band and especially those who worked hard to prepare the audition music,” said band director Shannon Dykstra.