ADA — Ada High School held the 42nd Annual Music Feast Show Choir Invitational Competition Saturday.
Nine regional show choirs competed in the event.
The host school, the Ada Varsity Singers, didn’t compete but performed an exhibition.
Kaylee Huffer, a senior has been in show choir for four years.
“I went in to watch their show my eighth-grade year and I have always been in choir and I really liked the singing and dancing together. So I tried out, and it’s been a blast,” she said.
“I love to sing,” said Ada senior Josie Poling. “Singing is what I love to do. I like to hang out with my friends. It’s so much fun.”
“Well, I started out in the combo band and then like all my older friends who were like freshmen at the time, seemed like they had a good time and I wanted to join on with the singer-dancers. So I … haven’t looked back since,” said senior Alex Morgan.
Scott Hemming is vocal music director at Ada High School.
“They have a really great experience with it. They love doing it. They love to show off their vocals and just entertain the crowds,” said Hemming.
Preparing for the show choir competition season starts early.
“We have a show choir camp over our summer — five days of an intensive camp where we learned pretty much our entire show, which is about 15 minutes long. It doesn’t sound like a whole lot but it’s choreography, dance, learning all the songs — that’s a lot to do in a week — then throughout the year, leading up to now, we are we’re just working and practicing every day,” said Hemming.
Hemming believes the show choir teaches the students valuable skills.
“It teaches them how to work as a group together, teaches them dedication. It teaches them determination and teaches them a lot of things that will help them grow up as adults to turn them into good people,” Hemming added.
Proceeds from the Ada Music Feast benefit the music department at the school.
“We have two really strong programs right now being the vocal music program and our instrumental music program as well,” said Hemming.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.