The Royal Spring Middle School eighth grade choir was one of two in the state selected to sing at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference in Louisville.

Choir students have been practicing since last year and hope to impress their audiences, said RSMS chorus and music teacher Glenna Metcalfe.

“This is a huge honor and the kids have been working on the music since mid-October,” said Metcalfe.

Students held a concert Tuesday at RSMS for parents and community members that were unable to attend the concert at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville Friday.

The Scott County High School choral department also celebrated as 37 students were selected to Sr. High All-State Choir, ranging from 10th to 12th grade, and 10 students, selected to Jr. High All-State Choir, from ninth grade, headed to KMEA All-State Choirs at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville.

SCHS students auditioned in Lexington on Sept. 25, 2018, with all the schools in the Central Kentucky Region, known as District 7.

“We have the most in our district that make it, our district is the most competitive district,” said SCHS Choral Director Jamie Wright.

The audition process for students is rigorous, said SCHS Choral Director Brent Merritt, but some also have help from the district’s vocal teacher Amie Kincaid.

“Students will usually learn a section of music and they’ll sing their part with accompaniment, pitch patterns, range tests, things like that,” said Wright about the audition process.

For Jr. High All-State, students submitted a taped audition under the direction of Kincaid, said Merritt.

For Sr. High All-State, students must learn a section of music and sing a portion of it with accompaniment. These seniors must also sing in a four-part group including one soprano, one alto, one tenor and one bass as judges for each category listen to voices as a group and individually, said Wright.

“They only have to learn one song, but they really have to know it front and back,” said Wright. “It’s really tough stuff.”

Seniors also must sight-sing, which is when students are given an eight-measure song they haven’t seen with one-minute of preparation time.

“That’s a big challenge. I play trumpet, I play piano…and pushing a button or a key and getting close is different than your voice,” said Wright.

This year, SCHS topped their own previous personal record of 35 seniors by two more students getting selected for KMEA.

Both concerts were held at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville.

Hannah Woosley can be reached at hwoosley@news-graphic.com.

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