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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...

Choirs prepare for Legacies Concert, Choral Showcase

Katherine Kouns, Director of Choirs, goes over performance blocking in her office on Feb 26. Kouns was making final revisions and adjustments to the set-up for the Choral Showcase, which took place on March 4.

Josie Cruzan

March 11, 2020

The Legacy concert will take place on April 13 at the Palladium beginning at 7:00 p.m. This is the first Legacy concert, and the department is unsure whether it will be annual. “The Legacy Concert will celebrate the rich, decades long history of Carmel Choirs. We are celebrating the past, present and future of one of the premier high school choir pr...

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 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 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...

Choirs prepare for Auditions, Choral Showcase

Director of choirs Katherine Kouns prepares a program on her computer in her office on Jan. 22. The program was for a concert being held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Josie Cruzan

January 31, 2019

Students from all of the choirs except Counterpoints and Expressions recently went on the Applied Music trip to New York City, getting back on Jan. 21. In addition, the choirs are currently in audition season, which will run until March. Director of choirs Katherine Kouns said that students are...

Choirs begin preparing for competitions, auditions

Lindsay Vrobel, Rhapsody member and sophomore, reviews the choir audition schedule during SRT on Jan. 10. Vrobel auditioned for New Edition.

Josie Cruzan

January 13, 2019

The competition season for New Edition, Accents and Ambassadors will begin Feb. 15. The first competition will be at Center Grove High School. The choirs are currently preparing for those competitions. In addition, auditions for next years choir placements are taking place. Lindsay Vrobel, Rhapsody m...

Senior Nathan Aditya

Nathan Aditya, Select Sound member and senior, rehearses one of the many popular Christmas songs that Select Sound has prepared for the holiday season. They will sing these carols throughout December for their caroling and in Holiday Spectacular­—the annual festive concert that all of the choirs participate in

Kassandra Darnell

December 13, 2018

“I’m part of Select Sound, which is the audition only a capella group, and what we do during the holidays is go around to retirement homes, other schools, charities (and) fundraisers, and we carol. It’s really good because not only do we draw a lot of people in, (but it’s also) good for us ...

Accents rehearse for upcoming Holiday Spectacular amidst preparation for competition season

Accents rehearse a choreographed number at an evening rehearsal. Sofia Rivera, Accents dance captain and junior, said she is excited for the Holiday Spectacular concert to come because of fun songs like “Sparkle Jolly Twinkle Jingle.”

Alina Yu

December 1, 2018

This year, the annual Holiday Spectacular concert will be on Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m., as well as on Dec. 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. According to director of choirs Kathrine Kouns, Accents will join the rest of the choir program to sing songs revolving around this year’s theme, “Once Upon a Holida...

Choirs intensify Holiday Spectacular preparations

Director of choirs Katherine Kouns works on placements for choir students in her office on Nov. 16. “Holiday Spectacular is pretty much on track compared to previous years. We’re right about where we should be. There’s still a lot of work to do, but everyone knows what they’re doing,” Kouns said.

Josie Cruzan

November 30, 2018

Holiday Spectacular will run from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9 and will be in the auditorium. Though students and teachers involved with the choir department have been rehearsing for some time now, the intensity of rehearsals is picking up. Director of choirs Katherine Kouns said, “Everybody is just in full speed mode tryin...