Spring Choral Concert Highlights

Spring Choral Concert Highlights
Posted on 05/16/2018
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Despite a major missing person in the music program part of the year, the Indian Lake Spring Choral Concert was a beautiful mixture of classic and contemporary music. 
Vocal Music Director Joyce King told students in 6th grade Choir, 7/8 Grade Choir and the ILHS Chorale, "I miss the time I didn't get with you and cherish the time I've had." 
King was forced to miss 8 weeks of school when she broke her ankle. She also thanked the many teachers and choral students who stepped up in her absence. She handed out several awards during the concert including Accompanist Awards to Deanna Fry and Kayla Roberts. Meritorious Service Awards went to Alexa King, Alli Knapp, Austin Tron and Dakota McKinnon for their willingness to help in any way. The Director’s Award for leadership and service went to Alexa King and the National School Choral Award was given to Christina Bowen. King also acknowledged all the seniors and handed them a rose to give to someone in the crowd who has supported them throughout their music career. Chorale seniors are: Jordan Barhorst, Christina Bowen, Tiffany Clark, Libby Cotterman, Cameron Daniels, Darrian Dorsey, Alli Gentis, Hanna Hogue, Samara Jakeway, Aubrey Johnson, Alexa King, George Lones, Ashlyn McKinnon, Tommy Meek, Tatum Reprogle, Emily Stover, Gabrielle Taylor, James Toda, Brooke Thompson, MaryAnn Wahl, Spencer Wolf and Jacob Zwiebel. 

"A Single Note" by the combined choirs

 "This is Me" by the ILHS Chorale

Also at the Spring Choral Concert, Senior James Toda made his directoral debut with an original song that he composed. The ILHS Chorale sang "Annabelle Lee," using some of the words from the famous Edgar Allan Poe poem. This is a short segment of the song, cut for copyright purposes. 

Toda was identified as musically gifted last year through auditions with the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center. He composed the song throughout the school year as a final project for IL Vocal Music Director Joyce King. Toda says he has composed music in the past, but not to this scale and complexity.
"The most challenging part is directing the choir. It's certainly hard to keep my brain on my hand and know everyone is counting on me to follow the music."
Toda is a 4-year member of the ILHS Choral, Meistersingers and active in musicals. He taught himself to play piano, guitar and eukelele. After graduation he plans to attend Ohio University majoring in music production and recording.