Select group of students show the talent of EHS

Nine students perform in the Colorado Honor Choir Concert


Julia Meagher, Staff Reporter

     At the Northern Colorado Honor Choir Concert, nine students represented Eaton High School. The Union Colony Civic Center hosted the concert on January 19th, 2023. Students from all over Northern Colorado, who auditioned and were selected to be in the Combined League Honor Choir, joined to perform. 

     Combined League Honor Choir is an audition-only choir, open to students from ninth through twelfth grade. Eligible students must attend schools north of I-70 and east of the Continental Divide. Students accepted into the choir perform in concerts located in venues across Northern Colorado. 

     Nine students from EHS performed at the recent concert. Miranda Madrid (23), Mattea Gurnsey (24), Jade Harris (24), Charlie Fritzler (24), Lauren Caudle (23), Isabelle Melman (24), Hope Shoemaker (24), Amerie Valenciano(23), and Celie Tharp (26) practiced diligently leading up to the concert. Each student was to have five songs memorized for the performance.

     A lot of preparation goes into the concert. Students prepare for the concert many weeks beforehand. Shoemaker said, “Personally, I tried to practice two or three times a week leading up to the concert. The day of, we spend all day going over the songs with the clinicians.”

     There are two separate choir sections within the Honor Choir: Mixed Choir and Treble Choir. Both choirs performed four different songs. After both individual performances, the choirs united for one song. 

     All students representing EHS performed in the Mixed Choir. These students sang “A Red, Red Rose’’ by Rene Clausen, “You Do Not Walk Alone” by Elaine Hagenberg, “Gala Del Dia” from Indiana’s suite by Carlos Guastavino, and “Nearly Insane” by Ysaye Barnwell. To finish the concert, both the mixed choir and treble choir sang “I Will Sing” by Michael Engelhardt.

     The Combined League Honor Choir is designed to give students the opportunity to be a part of a high-quality ensemble. Students get to learn new techniques and perform under talented clinicians. Guernsey said, “Getting to meet people from different schools and learning new singing techniques is my favorite part of the experience.”

     Not only did the nine students who attended the concert get to represent EHS, they got to experience an opportunity they worked hard to earn. Combined League Honor Choir is an experience that provides kids with opportunities that few get.