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Posted May 8, 2017
Plymouth High School brought home two national awards from the WorldStride Heritage Festival of Gold in Nashville, Tenn.
The Mixed Choir (a combination of Men's and Women's Choir) and the Concert Choir (a combination of Bel Canto and Concert Choir) both received silver awards.
Every two years, PHS choir students have the opportunity to travel outside the state to learn more about music. PHS qualified for national competition this year by earning a first – placing it in the top 10 percent of student choirs in the nation – at an event in New York City two years ago.
At the festival, students had a two-hour rehearsal each morning with world-renowned choral conductor Edith Copley. They also had clinic workshops with Dr. Michael Huff of Snow College's Horne School of Music and Dr. Sigrid Johnson, a choral director from St. Olaf College. The festival concluded with an Encore Concert, during which the PHS students sang six patriotic songs in collaboration with other choirs and bands in the beautiful Schermerhorn Symphony Hall.
While in Nashville from April 21 to 25, the 92 students also had time to sightsee, including a backstage tour and show at the Grand Ole Opry, tours of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Madame Tussaud's House of Wax, and a three-hour bus tour of the city that highlighted the history of the honky tonks and music row. Students also visited the Hermitage, the home of seventh U.S. President Andrew Jackson.
• Hear a professionally recorded audio sample of the Encore Concert.
• Check out The Arts section of our District Report Card to learn more about the extensive and varied performance opportunities available to our students.