Clover High Choraliers win 9th state championship

March 26, 2013 

Clover High School’s choral program has once again won the South Carolina State Choral Festival. After last weekend’s win, the Choraliers have taken top honors nine out of the last 11 years, including four consecutive championships, in the S.C. Music Educator’s Association event.

Directed by Jay Forrest, the 116-member group took to the stage at Columbia’s St. Andrews Baptist Church Friday night to perform Frank Ticheli’s “There Will Be Rest” and Z. Randall Stroope’s “The Conversion of Saul.”

The group also competed in the sight-singing competition. During this segment, judges provide the group with an original piece and allow five minutes of rehearsal before a performance. The Choraliers received a superior rating.

Also competing was the Clover High Mixed Ensemble. Comprising mainly underclassmen, the group rated superior in performance and sight-singing.

The Choraliers and the Mixed Ensemble were among 32 groups representing 16 schools competing in the AAAA classification.

The Choraliers are preparing for their spring show, “Miss Saigon,” May 2, 4 and 5 at the Clover school district auditorium. Tickets go on sale April 25 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium box office at 1625 Highway 55 East in Clover.

Staff reports

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