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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...

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...

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...

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...

Choirs Welcome New Teacher, Growing Numbers

Director of Choirs Katherine Kouns prepares stage plans for the fall concert. The concert is scheduled for October 8.

Josie Cruzan

September 11, 2019

The Carmel Choir department took on a new teacher for the new school year, Anna DeBard, who is taking over for Samuel Chenowith for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond. Coming from Clinton High School, her duties will be the same as Chenowith’s were. She will be assisting with the freshman choirs,...

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 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...