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Students continue rehearsing despite event cancelations

Accents director Katie Kouns plays piano during evening rehearsal on February 6th. The Accents’ competition season was cut short due to COVID-19 cancellations.

Christian Ledbetter

March 31, 2020

For Hannah Leonard, choir student and senior, choir was the highlight of her school day. She said after four years of being in the program, she had grown close to her fellow members, enjoying the limited time they had before the school year ended. This was before COVID-19 became a pandemic and CCS close...

Despite abrupt end to show choir season, seniors remain positive about their last year

Tessa Collinson

March 31, 2020

Mere days before Carmel Clay Schools announced all schools closing, members of Carmel Choirs were riding the high of a successful competition in the Chicago area. The choirs who competed each came away with a trophy, referred to as an “all-kill.” Trevor Johnson, New Edition member and senior, said...

Show choir competitions are beneficial for choir students

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Yumi Colombo, Accents member and junior (left) along with other members of Accents practice the set choreography during a Wednesday night rehearsal.  Colombo said practicing long hours has motivated the choir to work towards improvement as well as create a close bond among the girls.

Kassandra Darnell

February 21, 2020

Yumi Colombo, Accents member and junior, spends her SRT in room P118 working with her choir director to perfect the dances the Accents are learning for their competition set. When Colombo isn’t in SRT for choir, she also attends required evening rehearsals, where she gets to sing and dance with he...

Accents rehearse for Holiday Spectacular 

Juanita Rojas

November 12, 2019

Accents are rehearsing for Holiday Spectacular, which they will perform on Dec. 4, 5, 7 and 8 in the Dale E. Graham auditorium. According to director of choirs Katherine Kouns, Holiday Spectacular will have around 540 singers, 42 in the orchestra, and 30 tech individuals behind the scenes. This year’...

Choirs continue spring concert series and prepare for next year

Director of choirs Katherine Kouns responds to an email from her daughter’s teacher in her office on April 8. Her daughter is a fourth grader at Carmel Elementary, and is a part of the school’s film club.

Josie Cruzan

April 16, 2019

Over spring break, choir results for next year were released to the students who auditioned. The audition process lasted from early January to early March. Now, choir students are conferencing with faculty about their auditions. Director of choirs Katherine Kouns said, “It’s always a fun time full of ...

Accents to end the year with awards ceremony, spring concert

Accents rehearse a number from this past season’s competition set. Accents and junior Chloe Eades (far left) said she is proud of this past year’s accomplishments and looks forward to seeing where the seniors will end up after graduation.

Alina Yu

April 16, 2019

After a successful competition season, Accents will begin to rehearse for their spring choir concert on May 16. However, first, they will attend the annual choir program awards ceremony on May 5 at 6 p.m. Accent and junior Chloe Eades said, “I am looking forward to seeing what all of the seniors are...

Choirs finish auditions, begin preparations for spring concert

Director of Choirs Katherine Kouns sends an email to Jeff Worrell, a member of the Chamber of Commerce on March 7 in her office. The email was in regards to possible promotion of Select Sound’s Ear Candy concert, which will take place two days after they return from Washington D.C.

Josie Cruzan

March 22, 2019

The choirs finished auditions in the first week of March, and now the three choir directors, Katherine Kouns, Kyle Barker and Sam Chenoweth, are working to place the students who auditioned into the choirs that the directors feel are the best fit. Choir placements will be announced the week of March 24 t...

Accents perform at last competition this year this weekend

Accent and senior Semanti Naiken sings at afternoon rehearsal. Naiken was sick at the last competition at Jefferson High School so she said she will focus on maintaining her health for the final competition in Nashville, Tenn.

Alina Yu

March 21, 2019

On March 14, Accents will travel down to Nashville, Tenn. to perform in the last competition of this school year on March 15, the Heart of America Competition. Accent and senior Semanti Naiken said, “I am really excited. This is our big trip for the year, and I have definitely been looking forward ...

Choirs to rehearse repertoire for show choir concert, Kouns says

Ambassadors members prepare for the upcoming choir concert during an after-school rehearsal. Kouns said she hopes the show choir concert will be a wonderful closing to the competition season.

Adhi Ramkumar

March 5, 2019

The CHS performing arts department is making final preparations for the upcoming show choir concert on March 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. in the Dale E. Graham Auditorium. According to director of choirs Kathrine Kouns, the show choir concert will feature three competitive show choirs: Ambassadors, Accents and N...

Choirs finish auditions, begin competition season, prepare for the choral showcase

Director of choirs Katherine Kouns responds to emails in her office on Feb. 15. “As far as the dance audition goes, it’s just really difficult to tell until we get there. Every year there are people that really come out of the woodwork and surprise us and are just amazing.” Kouns said.

Josie Cruzan

February 27, 2019

Choir auditions, which began on Jan. 10, ended with the first round of dance auditions on Feb. 19 for students who wish to join one of the schools show-choirs. Director of choirs Katherine Kouns said, “This audition group looks about the same so far. It’s about the same number as in previous years, ...

Accents move to next competition after successful first competition weekend

Accents perform a song at the Center Grove High School competition this past weekend. The Accents swept the competition and will be traveling to Ohio this upcoming Saturday for another competition.

Alina Yu

February 26, 2019

Accents will compete in their second competition of the season on Feb. 23 at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, Ohio. Their performance time will be at 11:30 a.m. Accent and senior Julia Schmitz said, “I am really excited for this upcoming competition because it is our first travel one, like ou...