If singing is part sport, the Indian Hill High School (IHHS) Braves who took the stage at the 2019 Ohio All-State Choir Saturday, February 2, at the Grand Ballroom of the Cleveland Convention Center, can claim victory. Indian Hill High School had a record number of nine vocalists selected for this honor – more than any other high school in the state of Ohio.
“Singing really is a sport and not just an art,” said IHHS student Kennedy Frost following the performance.
Frost would know about the preparation it takes to perform at the state level. From arriving in Cleveland Thursday up until taking the stage Saturday, Braves joined the 165-member group gathered in large ballroom spaces to rehearse under the guidance of guest conductor Dr. Kellori Dower. The singers performed a varied set of challenging repertoire from the Renaissance up to recently released choral compositions.
“It’s more than a hobby, it’s a way of life,” said IHHS Vocal Music Director Jeff Clark. “You play on a team, but you sing in a choir. It takes so much collaborative work to reach the pinnacle of high art, and I’m so very proud of our vocalists.”
“To see these exceptional vocalists representing the best of the best at the state level is simply inspirational,” said IHHS Assistant Principal Mike Hayes, who traveled to the event. “Congratulations to all of our talented students as well as Mr. Clark and our music department!”
Indian Hill All-State Choir 2019: (First Row, L to R) Louisa Klaserner, Elizabeth Donnelly, Caroline Sullivan, Reilly Grace, Kennedy Frost; (Second Row, L to R) Luke Castellini, Jonah Sorscher, Nicolas Hollander, and Gheric Lindberg
All-State Choir 2019: A standing ovation for Dr. Dower and the 2019 All-State Choir following their performance
Top Photo Caption: All-State Choir 2019 Awards: Indian Hill singing Braves with their commemorative medallions presented by the Foundation for Music Education