Sunday, September 19, 2021

Dragon All-Region Choir Results

The following choir students under the direction of Marla Ringel and Bradley Kerley made the 2013 All-Region Choir:  Sarah Carron, May Chinn, Lauren Fancher, Talia Flores, Sophia Formella, Colton Hess, Elizabeth Hick, Megan Pierson, Kate Pruitt and Tori Tew.  They were chosen out of roughly 550-600 singers from our region to represent the top 200 in the Region XXIV Choir.  They had the opportunity to participate in the Region Clinic and Concert under the direction of Dr. Joni Jensen from Texas Woman’s University, and Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, and accomplished composer and director at Oklahoma State University.

These auditions lead to the Texas All-State Choir which recognizes the very top singers in the state of Texas.  Students begin the process in September with roughly 15,000 beginning the audition process throughout Texas.  Students must make it through all four rounds of auditions to make the All-State Choir.  Sarah Carron, May Chinn, Sophia Formella, Colton Hess, Megan Pierson and Tori Tew continued the to the third audition against the other top students in surrounding regions at Pre-Area auditions in November.

Two students auditioning next month at Area are Sophomore Megan Pierson and Senior Colton Hess.

Auditions Set for 30th Annual Variety Show

Do you have a talent you would love to show off in front of an appreciative local crowd?  The Carroll Senior High School Dragon Choir Booster Club is looking for Southlake residents to perform in the 30th Annual Variety Show on February 21 and 22, 2013.

Auditions are open to the Southlake community and registration begins December 13.  Interested residents are asked to register for an audition by going to the choir website, www.dragonchoir.net to submit an online registration form.  Registration ends on January 17, 2014.  Audition fees are $5 for individuals/duets and $10 for groups of three or more to be paid at auditions.  Acts will have a four-minute maximum time limit and all pre-recorded music must be submitted as part of the online registration form in an mp3/mp4 format.  Notifications for audition date and time will be posted on the website on January 22.  Auditions will take place on January 28 and 29, from 4-9 pm in the choir room at Carroll Senior High School, 1501 West Southlake Blvd., in Southlake.  Finally, audition selections will be posted by February 7 on the same choir website, www.dragonchoir.net.  Dress Rehearsals will take place on February 17 and 18. 

The Variety Show has been a community institution for thirty years.  The participation in this event grows every year, and up to 150 performers and acts are expected to audition this year.  Last year’s show included entertainers of all ages from many different backgrounds.  Highlights included performances by the several local dance studios, the Green Man Group, and several talented CISD administrators.  The Carroll High School Show Choirs will also perform. 

The show will take place on February 21 and 22 in the Carroll Senior High School auditorium beginning at 7 pm both nights. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults for each night.  New this year – $5 tickets will be sold to CISD employees who show their ID badge when purchasing tickets.  Be sure to come both nights because each evening is a different show with different performances! 

Businesses are encouraged to help sponsor the event and purchase advertising in the Variety Show program book.  More details can be found on the choir website.  Proceeds from the variety Show are used for choir scholarships, music and equipment, as well as the end-of-year choir banquet. 

For more information, contact Lorianne Hartman, Variety Show Coordinator, at (817) 403-5463.   You may also check the choir’s website at www.dragonchoir.net.  Click on Variety Show.

Judges to Dragon Choir: "Absolutely Stunning!"

Members of the Carroll Senior High School Choir are celebrating a big win this past week. On Wednesday, April 17 three of the four competing Carroll Choir groups received Sweepstakes at the Texas UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest for Region 24. The competition was held at Flower Mound High School in Lewisville ISD.

Since January, approximately 180 Carroll Choir students have been rehearsing. The Varsity Chorale performed “Tu Pauperum refugium” by Josquin des Pres, “With a Voice of Singing” by Kenneth Jennings, and “O Nata Lux” by Morten Lauridsen. Immediately following their stage performance, the choirs were directed to another room to perform sight-reading. In this process, students are given a piece of music to study for six minutes, without singing. At the end of the time period, students are required to sign the piece, with all parts, for three judges. Three of Carroll’s ensembles received top scores from the sight-reading room.

Carroll Choir Director Marla Ringel said the students performances prompted the judges to introduce themselves to students during the break, and congratulate them on their performance.

Some of the judge’s remarks included:

“This (performance) was absolutely stunning!”- D. McMahan

“Choir. Wow!!! Great things happending here.  So good to see this group.” -R. Wright

“Superb! Excellent reading.  You are smart, smart girls and you sing very well.  You are going to be part of something special at CHS. Congratulations!”- R. Talley

Ringel said, “This year has been an absolute pleasure.  I look forward to working with these fine young students every day.  The highlight of this contest season came while we were listening to Chorale’s recordings from their stage performance.  It was amazing to see the pride on their faces as they realized what they had accomplished together.”

The next Dragon Choir performance will be Thursday, May 23 for the student’s Spring Choir Concert. The pop show will be at the Carroll Senior High School auditorium from 6- 8:30 p.m. Students will continue their competition schedule May 24-25 at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble in Austin.

For additional information about the program visit www.dragonchoir.net.