Mt. Carmel Choir Festival Awards

Each year, the MCHS choirs participate in a variety of choral festivals, both locally and nationally. Following are the festivals of 2009-2010 and the awards won and comments by judges at each event.

Breckenridge American Classic Festival (April 2010)

Success was complete for Mt. Carmel High School's Choirs at this year's American Classic Festival in Breckenridge, Colorado, where both Classical Ensemble and Bel Canto took the top awards at the festival.

Bel Canto received a Superior Rating Trophy, Best in Class Trophy, and the Judge's Award for the entire competition, including the instrumental groups.

Classical Ensemble got a Superior Rating Trophy and Best in Class Trophy, and tied Bel Canto for the Judge's Award.

Bel Canto Reviews:

Scores: 93, 94, 98

Very expressive, lyric singing on the Child’s piece.

Lovely, healthy, rich tone quality.

Nice job on a very challenging selection. The choir does a great job of moving in and out of chest voice and head voice.

Very expressive, lyric singing on the Child’s piece.

Lovely, healthy, rich tone quality.

Nice job on a very challenging selection. The choir does a great job of moving in and out of chest voice and head voice.

Beautiful, rich tone – be careful not to round vowels too much – almost sounds like “snooow” instead of “snoh”. Lovely dynamic, [range], and expressive.

Excellent Pianist.

A most impressive sound!

A most impressive job of teaching and choice of literature! I must add a “Thank you” to the accompanist for not only sensitive playing but balancing the singers.

This is excellent sound and wonderful musicality. Intonalities excellent throughout.

Classical Ensemble Reviews:

Scores: 93, 94, 98

What an energizing piece! Work on the [music notes] with “lu lu e” hard to keep this rhythmic with the vowels. Great!

Nice contrast!

Overall, a most impressive concert!

Rhythmically exciting. You were very focused, very vital, very present. Very impressive.

Nice job on a very challenging selection. The choir does a great job of moving in and out of chest voice and head voice.

Loving attention to dynamics. Well balanced.