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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...

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...

Q&A with CHS’ New Choir Director Anna Debard

Q&A with CHS' New Choir Director Anna Debard

September 20, 2019

What roles do you have? I’m the lead director of New Edition and Rhapsody, I am one of the directors for Expressions, I am the lead teacher for applied music classes and I will direct the musical. What excites you about working at a school like CHS? All of the students and all of the different opportunit...

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...

The Art of Electives: Art electives shape seniors’ high school experience, plans for future

COLORING IN THE CANVAS: Sydney Remble, art student and senior, works on her painting during her class period. Remble said although she will not major in art, she hopes to incorporate it in her future.

Emily Carlisle, Isabella White

March 22, 2019

English, math, science and history courses—these are all classes which aim to both educate and broaden the minds of teenagers all across the country. Ever day at CHS students across all four grades find themselves slumped in desks, teachers lecturing on the fundamentals of radicals or the importance of t...

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, ...

A New Addition to New Edition: New student enters CHS choir program; choir students contemplate ways to reduce stress with school, extracurriculars

New Edition rehearses after school as competitions approach next week. Sam Chenoweth, associate director of choirs, said time management becomes crucial during competition season and prepares members well for the future.

February 22, 2019

As the third quarter rolls on, most students here only adapt to a new grading period, but some, like sophomore Ian Wang, must adjust to a new school as well. For Wang, who transferred from North Central, the adjustment has been particularly acute as he has also joined New Edition, a CHS show choir. ...

Choirs to rehearse repertoire for choral showcase, Kouns says

Choir students prepare for the upcoming choir concert during an after school rehearsal. Kouns said tickets for the choral showcase are $5 and can be bought either at the door or in advance in the performing arts department office.

Adhi Ramkumar

February 13, 2019

The CHS performing arts department is making final preparations for the upcoming choral showcase on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Dale E. Graham Auditorium. According to director of choirs Katherine Kouns, the choral showcase this year will feature all the choir ensembles excluding the competitive show ch...

Accents to compete in first show choir competition of the school year

 The Accents rehearse in the evening and wait for instructions on blocking choreography. Accent and senior Semanti Naiken said this week the Accents began rehearsing with costumes for their first show choir competition on Feb. 16.

Alina Yu

February 2, 2019

On Feb. 16, the Accents will travel to Center Grove High School for their first show choir competition of the school year and will perform their set at 11 a.m. According to director of choirs Kathrine Kouns, the Center Grove High School competition is a very good contest that provides a great facility, a...

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...