Coronado choir joins Pikes Peak Philharmonic for concert at school Dec. 18
The conductor is Luciano Silvestri. The concert will begin at 3 p.m.
“We're excited and stressing out,” said 14-year Coronado vocal instructor Jeff Hodur, a 1996 alumnus who was a choir student there himself. “This is a semi-advanced orchestra and we don't want to embarrass them. This is pretty difficult music, too. We've been rehearsing our tails off.”
Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults, with discounts for Coronado students, military, seniors and teens. There's no charge for ages 12 and under.
Bringing the concert together was Tom Fleecs (pronounced “fleece”), who serves as School District 11 fine arts coordinator along with president of (and a cello player in) the Pikes Peak Philharmonic.
Consisting of unpaid musicians who must audition in, the nonprofit Pikes Peak “Phil” was formed in 1965 with the intent of providing "musical enrichment opportunities"
But the opportunity arose this year for the Pikes Peak Phil to play elsewhere in December and to partner with a different high school, Fleecs noted.
Built in 2008, the Coronado auditorium is known for its acoustics, and the Westside high school's choir students have won awards year after year, individually and collectively. “We're very excited,” Fleecs said. “This could possibly lead to other joint performances. Louie [Silvestri] is thrilled about the quality of the singers.”
The event will feature Coronado's Shomber Choir, so-called because it combines the Show and Chamber choirs, Hodur explained.
Also on the bill are: Schubert: Symphony No. 5; Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker Suite; Vaughn Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols; Anderson: Christmas Festival; and Anderson: Sleigh Ride.
A particular stimulus for the Coronado choice was the “Fantasia” piece, which can be challenging for vocalists, Fleecs pointed out. In fact, Hodur himself, a baritone, will handle the song's solo parts.
He said he's looking forward to it. At regular school concerts, Hodur laughed, “they don't let us [teachers] sing.”
“We know Jeff's abilities and his choirs are always top-notch,” Fleecs said. “It's going to be a great concert.”
To make All-state, students must perform live auditions before vocal judges. According to Hodur, students sing a prepared solo and are scored on tone quality, intonation, accuracy of notes and rhythm, diction, dynamics, musicality, scales, intervals and sight reading. The number of singers selected to All-state from Coronado this year (15) is equal to the most he's ever had in a year, he added.
They are: James Boehlke, Deanna Cooper, Isabella Cross, Albright Dor, Joshua Kendall, Kelsey Lippincott, Jasper Morgan, Darcy Naugle, Autumn Palmer, Nikki Partlow-Loyal, Daniel Peterson, Erica Purcell, Katherine Radzienda, Lauren Reynolds and Grace Sapp.
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