A Singing Success: A Field Trip to the Chino Valley Honor Choir

By Patricia Azevedo

On Thursday, October 16th, four choir students, including myself, attended a field trip to Chino Valley High School. When we arrived there were approximately eighty students in attendance, including students from Sedona Red Rock High School, Prescott High School, and Chino Valley High School. We got to Chino High around 8:00am and sat in the music room before splitting into our voice groups and given three pieces to sing. We spent the morning practicing until noon, and then after lunch we practiced from 1:00pm to 3:45pm.

Thought the day, we learned how to enunciate vowels while keeping a rich sound in our singing voices. This was instilled in us thoroughly. We also learned how to keep our mouths open and sing like a group. It was wonderful hearing everyone sing in harmony. It was all coming together beautifully.

We were taught three pieces. The first piece was “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?” which was a spiritual arranged by Greg Gilpin. The second was another spiritual, composed by Joseph Martin and titled “Come To The Music.” The third was “Benedictus,” a Latin piece composed by Audrey Snyder.

After this we traveled to the First Southern Baptist Church and donned our performance attire. The Chino Varsity Choir opened the performance with a few pieces. Then it was our turn. We got up and sang, and everyone sounded beautiful. We were met with a grand round of applause as we got down from the stage.

The students were all very kind throughout the entirety of the event, and it was extremely generous of the Chino Valley students to host such an exciting event. They also had the music room reserved for the whole day just to give us space.

“I had an awesome time and learned a lot about singing. I gained a better understanding of working with a huge choir, and how each part of the choir affects every piece. It was so fun, and I would gladly do it again!” stated Sarah McGirk, one of the students that had attended.

Mrs. Terauchi, the music instructor, added “It was very beautiful. I am proud of you all.”

I believe I speak for everyone when I say we had an excellent time. It was fun, educating, and we got to get out of school for the day. What could be better than that? Nothing, would be the correct answer here. All in all, it was a great success.

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