Choir students earn position on State ensemble, look forward to competing

Gennifer Geer, Managing Editor

Three Blue Valley choir students, seniors Bri Woods, Ali Hibschle and junior Ryan Casey, earned a place on the State Choir ensemble. The concert is put on by winners of District choir competitions.
District choir competitions resemble an audition, with the top ten singers of each range (soprano, alto, bass, tenor) from each district continuing to perform at State.
“It’s something you have to work for,” Woods said. “Each year, you try to work your way up.”
Hibschle said she enjoys the opportunity to go to State.
“We all worked really hard to get there, so it’s like our reward,” she said.
Hibschle said because the participants were seasoned sing- ers, the experience added value.
“We all work together,” she said. “Everyone’s on the same level.”
Woods said it wasn’t easy getting to this point. Exercises included drilling the notes, learning dynamics and rehearsing music.
“It’s a lot more technical work than people think,” Woods said.
She said she’s grateful for the invitation to State, and it was a good end to her senior year.
“It was really fun while we were doing it,” she said. “It’s a lot of work, and it’s nice to have a break.”
As for Hibschle, she said she plans to sing in college and has plenty to look forward to for the remainder of her BV choir career.
The Chambers Choir class will travel to New York City to perform at LaGuardia High School and to partake in usual NYC activities during Spring Break.
“We get to go see Broadway shows and do other fun stuff,” Woods said. “It’s going to be awesome. We’re going to spend five days there, just chilling with our friends and singing and dancing.”