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On April 5-6, all Clear Lake Choirs participated in the UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest. Choirs around the state of participate in this contest by preparing approved repertoire (approved by the state’s top music educators), and by singing a piece of music, at sight, for ratings. The ratings given to each competing school’s choir, in concert and sightreading, will define how that program is viewed in the Houston choral circuit for the following year. This contest is important. This contest is analogous to an athletic team’s championship game. But unlike UIL athletics, where high-quality teams have an entire season of games to define their success, we in the UIL music sector, have this one contest to define our success.
Under the direction of Mr. Dominguez & Mrs. Blakey, the choirs performed the following repertoire for the concert portion of the contest. To listen to our recordings, please click here.
Concert Women’s Choir (Sub-Non Varsity)
Arise, My Love – Laura Farnell
Da Pacem – arr. Mary Goetze
Festival Sanctus – John Leavitt
A Cappella Women’s Choir (Non Varsity)
Make A Joyful Noise – Handel/ed. Hines
How Beautiful Is Night – David Eddleman
J’entends Le Moulin – Donald Patriquin
Symphonic Men’s Chorale & Concert Men’s Choir (Varsity)
Novum Gaudia – Vijay Singh
Think On Me – James Mullholland
Sing To The Lord – Paul Basler
Symphonic Women’s Chorale (Varsity)
Sing Creation’s Music On – Stephen Paulus
See The Gypsies – Zoltan Kodaly
I Thank You God – Gwyneth Walker
Symphonic Chorale (Varsity)
Domine Fili Unigenite from Gloria – Vivaldi/ed. Kjelson
Blagoslovi dushe moya, Ghospoda – Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Lamentations of Jeremiah – Z. Randall Stroope
The Clear Lake Choirs are happy to report that ALL choirs earned Sweepstakes ratings, the highest possible score attainable in the UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest. This is Clear Lake Choir’s first time for all choirs to attend contest AND all earn Sweepstakes; it has been MANY years since Clear Lake Choir was an All-Sweepstakes program. Congrats to our wonderful students!
We would like to give shout-outs to our wonderful pianists, Mrs. Shae Rippstein and Mrs. Sheila Keyes, and our clinicians, Mrs. Roxan Silva, Mrs. Anita Ladd Buffaloe, Mr. Rob Phillips, Mrs. Janell Fort, and Ms. Jasmine Reed. A special THANK YOU to our wonderful parents for their support and quality assistance!