The Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Concert Chorus and the high school's a cappella group, the Do-Re-Migos, ended March's Music In Our Schools Month with visits to a clinic at Immaculata College for Choral Music Performance and a second clinic at Council Rock North that focused on a cappella techniques.
PWHS Concert Chorus at Immaculata College
The Concert Chorus traveled to Immaculata College on March 27 to participate in a Music Performance Assessment and Choral Clinic. The three clinicians — Dr. Joy Meade from Messiah College, Dr. Christopher Jackson from Muhlenberg College and Mrs. Dorina Morrow from Immaculata — commented on the group's tone, intonation, accuracy, technique and interpretation during the chorus's performance of Gloria from Joseph Haydn's Heiligmesse and Look To The Rainbow from the musical Finian's Rainbow.
"Many high school choruses will rehearse at their schools, perform their seasonal concerts and maybe perform a little in the community. Adding a music performance assessment clinic really helps our students understand what they do from the voice of other choral experts," said Jeffrey Cooper, Chorus Director at the high school. "We'll now use the written comments and our experience at this event as we prepare for our upcoming concerts and as our juniors and seniors look to continuing their music careers in college."
The clinicians praised vocal soloists Morgan Holsinger and Seth Elkins, as well as piano accompanists Aaron Rueter and Anna Schick. Morgan and Seth, both PWHS seniors, also participated in District Chorus this year after a challenging audition process, and Morgan advanced to the Regional festival.
Do-Re-Migos at A Cappella At The Rock
The Do-Re-Migos, the PWHS a cappella ensemble, was one of 13 schools from Pennsylvania and New Jersey to attend the A Cappella At The Rock Event at Council Rock North High School on Saturday, March 30.
The afternoon began with master classes with members of a professional a cappella group called Street Corner Symphony. These schools then performed an evening concert as a culmination of the day's work. The Do-Re-Migos performed Mary Did You Know.
During the award portion of the evening, PWHS junior Colin Mash received the award for Best Male Vocalist.
Mark your calendars for the PWHS Spring Concert
Come hear the PWHS Concert Choir, Do-Re-Migos, Orchestra, Band and Jazz Band live at their Spring Concert on Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m., in the PWHS Auditorium. Admission is free.