by RyanVan Gilst
PC’s Choir and Concert Band students have been very busy this semester. Many have been involved in honor ensembles while preparing for their recent concert. Instrumentalists auditioned for the SCIBA Honor Band, and four were were selected to represent PC in a concert in early January. Fourteen band members were also selected to participate in the Central College Honor Band in late January. The Little Hawkeye Conference Honor Band concert was cancelled due to winter weather, but multiple students prepared for the performance.
In addition to Concert Band, Cantabile and Concert choir had their Winter Concert on the postponed date of Tuesday, February 27. Each choir worked on a variety of music ranging from J.S. Bach and Aaron Copland to music written by 21st century composers Susan Brumfield and Frank Ticheli. The concert concluded with audience members joining in for the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Director Tim Van Voorst knew the choirs would be ready for their upcoming concert. “Despite the schedule disruptions due to homecoming and snow, the choirs were in a really good place and provided excellent performances,” said Van Voorst.
While preparing for the past concert, eight Concert Choir students were selected by professor Mark Babcock to participate in the 2018 Singfest Honor Choir at Central College on Thursday, February 8. High school students from throughout Iowa joined the Central College A Capella Choir for a day of music-making that culminated in a concert that evening.
A group of Concert Choir members were also invited to sing the National Anthem at an Iowa Wild hockey game in Des Moines. Singer Emma Stravers had a great time at Wells Fargo Arena. “I enjoyed the opportunity to not only sing but also see a hockey game with my choir friends and take a trip to Des Moines,” she said.
Both choir and band members have begun practicing for the State Solo and Ensemble contest on Saturday, April 7 at PC. Students will perform solo pieces and group arrangements and will be critiqued by a judge. Other Concert Band performances include marching in the Tulip Time parades and their annual Pops Concert on May 15. Concert Choir will travel to Sioux Center for the Dordt College Choir Festival in April. The final vocal concert is May 9.