At the beginning of November, 24 choir students from Concordia’s Concert Choir, Mr. Palomaki, and three parent chaperones made the trip up to Concordia University, Nebraska (CUNE), to participate in their National Honor Choir Day. These 24 students submitted a video audition in September and were selected into the honor choir, which was picked from over 200 auditions from high school students around the country. This is the highest number of students from CLHS that has ever been selected into this honor choir in the decade plus long history of attending the event!
While in Nebraska, Mr. Palomaki showed the group some of the scenic sights of “The Good Life” on their way to Concordia University in Seward, Neb. One famous site included the Holy Family Shrine in Gretna, Neb., where the group did some singing in the beautiful glass and wooden chapel.
The National Honor Choir members experienced extensive rehearsals on the CUNE campus led by the university’s renowned music department chair, Dr. Kurt von Kampen. In addition to learning from Dr. von Kampen, two CUNE music department alumni served as guest clinicians for the weekend, including Paul von Kampen and Michael Palomaki. This was the first time that Mr. Palomaki was asked to serve as clinician for National Honor Choir Day which is a huge honor.
Following a day full of rehearsals, the festivities culminated with an evening concert at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward, Nebraska. The concert included selections from the National Honor Choir as well as the world-renowned University A Cappella Choir from CUNE. The final piece featured both groups which was a special moment to finish the event. It was a wonderful day of growing as musicians and singers, meeting new people, and having the experience to perform with other talented students.
The following students earned a spot in the National Honor Choir. A big congratulations to them as we are very proud while also very blessed to have such talented young men and women at CLHS. Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow!
Daniella B. (So.) – Soprano 1 (1st year selected)
Selena L. (So.) – Soprano 1 (1st year)
Lexi M. (Sr.) – Soprano 1 (2nd year)
Kendall M. (So.) – Soprano 1 (1st year)
Chloe C. (Jr.) – Soprano 2 (1st year)
Lauryn G. (Sr.) – Soprano 2 (2nd year)
Ivy H. (So.) – Soprano 2 (1st year)
Hallie M. (So.) – Soprano 2 (1st year)
Tessa S. (Jr.) – Soprano 2 (1st year)
Mary Catherine T. (So.) – Soprano 2 (1st year)
Grace C. (Jr.) – Alto 1 (1st year)
Melissa O. (Jr.) – Alto 1 (2nd year)
Ella R. (Fr.) – Alto 1 (1st year)
Hannah B. (Sr.) – Alto 2 (1st year)
Hannah F. (Sr.) – Alto 2 (1st year)
Angie G. (So.) – Alto 2 (1st year)
Sofia H. (So.) – Alto 2 (1st year)
Colby C. (Sr.) – Tenor 1 (1st year)
Everett K. (Sr.) – Tenor 1 (1st year)
Ephraim I. (Sr.) – Tenor 2 (1st year)
Cooper B. (Sr.) – Bass 1 (1st year)
Lucas W-H. (So.) – Bass 1 (2nd year)
Evan K. (Sr.) – Bass 2 (1st year)
Zane S. (So.) – Bass 2 (1st year)
Please join us for our upcoming Christmas Concert at Trinity Klein Lutheran Church in Klein, TX on Sunday, December 11th at 7 pm. Admission is free!
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