by Melissa Blankenship
On May 6 and 7 The Royal Singers competed at Universal Studios in the show choir division of OrlandoFest. They finished with a gold medal ranking, winning not only the show choir division but also the Vocal Grand Champion award. Soloist Noah Shedd also received top honors. If you have not seen the award winning performance, you will have another chance to view it on Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the BCHS auditorium.
In January the Royal Singers and their sponsor. Mrs. Kelli Greer, began working on a new program that they would unveil at OrlandoFest in May. The Royal Singers performance was choreographed by Mrs. Greer and her students Tori little, Korey Francis, and Hope Thompson. According to Greer, the girls choreographed the more complicated sets.
In addition to the daily hard work of learning the choreography and vocal parts to the music, the group also worked weekends to raise the money for their trip. They sponsored Pictures with Peter at Easter, baked a ton of sweet treats for a bake sale, hosted the Bleckley’s Got Talent talent show, and performed their Spring concert. All their fundraising was generously supported by the Cochran community, and Mrs. Greer and her students are very humbled by the support they received.
Finally, after months of hard work, the group was off to Orlando with good wishes for a strong performance. The choir sang three contemporary pieces: an updated version of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence,” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and a melody of Billy Joel’s “River of Dreams” and “Keeping the Faith.” Noah Shedd, a sophomore at BCHS, sang the solo part in the Billy Joel medley. Shedd’s powerful voice won him the title of best vocal soloist.
The competition was judged by three college level judges who were experts in the area of choral studies or band,. Along with both traditional and show choirs, there were also instrumental performances. The performances were ranked superior, excellent, or good and overall winners were chosen in each category of performance. In the vocal division, which included both show and traditional choirs, the BCHS Royal Singers won the Vocal Grand Champion award in addition to receiving a superior ranking in the show choir classification.
Now the singers have one performance left – the annual senior show. This will be held Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m. in the BCHS auditorium. In addition to performances by BCHS seniors, the show will include a reprise of the award winning performance of the Royal Singers. Tickets will be 2 dollars and can be purchased at the door. So do not miss this last chance to see their award winning performance.