By Esrat F. Islam ’19 and Kaidi Gao ’19
Ms. Robin Casalta and Ms. Naomi O’Reilly’s chorus classes performed songs in The Battle of the Chori on January 11, in order to win a pizza party.
Each class chose their own winter-themed or holiday piece, with a second piece chosen by Ms. Casalta. The pieces are performed acapella, unaccompanied by instruments, to maximize the choirs’ voices.
“Classes that usually work together have the best performance,” said Ms. Casalta. “We work towards a common goal.”
The competition was originally scheduled for December 19, 2017. However, the date was changed to January 4, 2018. Due to the severe snowstorm, the competition was
moved once again to the following week, Thursday, January 11.
“It was weird at first, but as we went on and developed, it got better,” said Ms. Casalta.
The Battle of the Chori featured students from advanced chorus, regular chorus, and Midwood’s Glee Club. The concert lasted around an hour. One hour of warmup was carried out between 5 and 6 pm. The show began with the advanced chorus singing the “Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by Period 7 performing “Viva La Musica!” and “Stitches.” Period 8 sang “Laudate Dominum” and “All I Want for Christmas is You,” followed by Midwood Glee with “Mercy.” Advanced chorus performed “Once Upon a December” and “Espiritu de Dios.” Period 6 sang “Non Nobis, Domine” and “Deck the Hall,” and Period 2 performed “What If I Never Speed” and “Let It Snow! Let It
Snow! Let It Snow!”
The audience and the classes that performed vote for the winner of the competition.
Many of the contestants were excited but nervous as it was their first time performing in front of a large audience.
“I feel nervous and worried because I think that my voice is not good compared to the other performers,” said Nam Ta ’20.
Winnie Chen ’19 said,“I am hungry right now and not nervous at all.”
Students were given the opportunity to leave the school after their last period of the day to return home or get food to eat. They were asked to return to school at 5 pm for their warm up before the show.
Emily Ryklis ’21 said, “I think everyone will do good, and we all tried our best, but at the end we all had fun.”
The atmosphere was inviting, and the audience was respectful and supportive of the performers. The audience was incorporated into the show by Period 2 during their sing-along for the song “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
Brian Seetoe ’19 said, “The songs were not hard to memorize because the lyrics were given and allowed to be in front of us during the show.”
The cost of the ticket for the choir competition was $5.00 for everyone who was not performing. The entire show was very organized with smooth transitions between each of the groups. There was an introduction given by a member of each group. The introduction was energetic, thoughtful, and positive.
Photos and videos were taken by parents and students who attended the show.
Ms. O’Reilly’s Period 6 and 4 classes came close in votes and won the pizza party, as did Ms. Casalta’s Period 6 and 2 classes.