Four choirs from Highlander Way Middle School earned honors at the Michigan School Vocal Music Association District Choral Festival held at Hartland High School March 8 and 9. The seventh-grade choir earned the highest possible rating of “Excellent with Superior Distinction” while the sixth-grade choir, eighth-grade choir and chamber singers all received a rating of “Excellent.” Additionally, each of the four choirs received perfect, or near perfect, scores in Sight-reading.
During the festival, the students sang for a panel of four judges. Judges include current and retired music teachers, as well as doctoral students from Michigan State University. Each choir received written feedback from each judge and had the opportunity work with one of the judges in a mini-clinic after their performance. The final task of the day was to sight-read a page of music for another judge after only looking at it for a few minutes.
The choirs began preparing music for the event in December. Literature prepared included two songs in Latin, and one song in French.