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Choirs begin Audition Process, Prepare for Competition Season

Director of Choirs Katherine Kouns reviews the lyrics to a song in her office on Jan. 17. The song was sung by Accents as part of their competition set.

Josie Cruzan

January 26, 2020

Following Holiday Spectacular, which took place in December, the Choirs are now focusing on the competition season and auditioning for next year. Four choirs will be competing this year: Rhapsody, New Edition, Accents, and Ambassadors. Director of Choirs Katherine Kouns said “This year’s competition season i...

Students, friends should attend more performing arts events than just Holiday Spectacular

Students, friends should attend more performing arts events than just Holiday Spectacular

Emily Carlisle

December 12, 2019

Many students and community members attend Holiday Spectacular, otherwise known as Spec, which is the Carmel Choir program’s largest event. As a member of Accents, our all-female top competition choir, I love Holiday Spectacular season, especially after seeing so many familiar faces in the audience...

Performing Arts department prepares for Holiday Spectacular

 Senior Alyssa Smith practices Holiday Spectacular music for the upcoming show. Smith said she has participated in Holiday Spectacular for a couple of years and has enjoyed it every time.

Tara Kandallu

November 20, 2019

Members of Wind Symphony I, Camerata Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra continue to practice after school for the Holiday Spectacular performances that will take place on Dec. 4, 5, 7 and 8.   Alyssa Smith, returning Holiday Spectacular pit band performer, Wind Symphony I member and senior...

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 prepare for Second Quarter, Holiday Spectacular

Director of Choirs Katherine Kouns responds to a parent email in her office before school on Oct. 17. The email was in regards to the booster organization that the choirs use, Ovation.

Josie Cruzan

October 25, 2019

With the start of the second quarter, the choirs are now preparing for the rest of the year. According to Director of Choirs Katherine Kouns, the choirs are focusing on honing their skills following the fall concert, which she says was a jumping off point. One of the things that students are doing to...

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...

Ambassadors continue to assemble set, songs for Holiday Spectacular

Kyle Barker, lead director of Ambassadors, plays through one of the Ambassadors' songs for Holiday Spectacular. Barker said that Ambassadors had many songs in the show to prepare.

Emily Carlisle

November 10, 2018

The students in Ambassadors work towards one of their biggest goals for the year, Holiday Spectacular (Spec). This is Carmel Choir’s 27th year putting on this holiday classic. Spec showcases every choir in the program through a number of songs including only one group and a few where the entire progr...

Choirs reflect on Fall Concert, prepare for Holiday Spectacular

Steven Kelly, New Edition member and senior, does AP English Literature and Composition homework during lunch in the library on Oct 29. “I feel like the fall concert went pretty well. I improved a lot, just at the concert itself. I feel like just being in front of a stage and being in front of a lot of people helps a lot,” Kelly said.

Josie Cruzan

November 8, 2018

The fall concert was on Oct. 9. Director of choirs Katherine Kouns said, “It was a huge success. The students really sold their performance, and everyone did a great job. I loved the piece that our Accents performed with our Camerata orchestra. It was absolutely beautiful and I was thrilled that we we...

Accents perform at upcoming annual Holiday Spectacular concert

Accents perform in a group number from last year’s Holiday Spectacular concerts. Senior Amelia Harrison said a favorite memory was when the Accents had to wear fat Santa costumes during their performance.

Alina Yu

December 5, 2017

Accents will perform at the upcoming Holiday Spectacular concerts, which occur on Dec. 6, Dec. 7 and Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “Holiday Wishes,” according to director of choirs Kathrine Kouns. Accent and senior Amelia Harrison said, “Honestly Holiday S...