Clover High School’s choral program has done it again by winning the South Carolina State Choral Festival this past weekend. The Choraliers have now taken top honors in eight out of the last 10 years, including three consecutive championships, in the S.C. Music Educator’s Association event. Led by director Jay Forrest, more than 100 students took to the stage at Columbia’s St. Andrews Baptist Church Friday night to perform two pieces of prepared choral literature for the performance competition. The group opened with an a capella rendition of Eric Whitaker’s Sleep before finishing with Robert DeCormier’s Let Me Fly. The Choraliers led a banner showing for York County as the top three spots in the AAAA division were claimed by local schools at the festival. Northwestern finished second followed by Rock Hill. South Pointe High, also in York County, finished second in the AAA division. Following the group’s performance, it competed in the site-singing competition. During this segment, judges provide the group with an original piece and allow five minutes of rehearsal before an impromptu performance. The Choraliers finished second to Wando High School in this competition. The festival kick starts the Choraliers spring performances. Later this week, the group will perform two sold out shows as part of the Gastonia Concert Association’s Candlelight Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia. The group will host its spring show May 3-5 at the Clover School District Auditorium. Tickets for the three shows will go on sale April 26 at the auditorium’s box office located at 1625 Highway 55 East in Clover.
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