Two Carlsbad choirs hit the high notes

CARLSBAD — Encore, Carlsbad High School’s women’s intermediate choir, and Sound Express, the school’s advanced mixed show choir, both brought home trophies from the “2014 Hart High School Show Choir Competition” in Newhall March 8.

Encore earned a second place among the five choirs competing in their division, despite L.A. traffic that caused the band to be late and the drummer to miss the Encore set. Sound Express secured its inaugural win of the season as the singers competed alongside six southland choirs, and brought home a third place trophy.

The judges scored each show choir on its ability to master two main categories: Musicianship (vocal tone, intonation, diction, interpretation, dynamics) and Showmanship (creativity, execution, difficulty, precision, visual effect).

Encore’s set, choreographed by Damon Brown, Carrie Smith, and John Marlow, was a 17-minute musical based on the film “Mean Girls.” Sound Express’ set, choreographed by the same group plus Kyle Campbell and Christina Campbell, was a 17-minute set loosely based on the story of Robin Hood. Each presentation offers contemporary songs, costumes, and creative moves.

Show choir season runs through mid-April, with the grand finale “SoCal Competition” at San Diego’s Golden Hall April 18. Following that, all four CHS choirs will be focused on their spring POPS performance, open to the public at the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center May 29 and May 30. Tickets will be available at the box office.

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