VANDALIA — The Butler Choirs will be bringing a very successful year to a close with their annual spring concert on Monday night, May 8 at 7 p.m. in the Butler Performing Arts Theater. The concert is free and open to the public. All the choirs will be featured, including the still new vocal pop group, Sound of Flight.
The Butler Choirs are capping off a successful year. While all the choirs perform at their annual Fall, Winter, and Spring Concerts, there are many other events at which they perform. The Women’s, Chamber, and Symphonic Choirs performed at each of the district schools in December showcasing the variety of vocal ensembles available at the high school.
In January, the Women’s and Chamber Choirs performed four different selections for the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Solo and Ensemble event at Stebbins High School where they collectively received three Superior ratings and one Excellent rating.
In March the Women’s and Symphonic Choirs performed at the OMEA Large Group contest, where the Women’s Choir received an Excellent rating and the Symphonic Choir received a Superior rating. This qualified the Symphonic Choir for the OMEA State Large Group contest. Their State performance was at Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City and they received another Superior rating, earning them the school’s tenth Superior plaque at the State level.
The other highlight of their year was their trip to New York City in March. This trip enabled them to participate in a Broadway workshop where they worked with a current Broadway performer from the musical, Wicked, for a 90 minute clinic. They also performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, saw the musicals Aladdin and Wicked, toured Radio City Music Hall, and certainly did their fair share of sight-seeing.
While the trip was expensive, the choir members were very thankful for the financial assistance from a variety of local organizations including the Vandalia Lion’s Club, Morton and Whetstone Funeral Home, Crossroads Coins, Beau Townsend Ford, Beckstrom Orthodontics, Visions Foundation, Ken’s Pharmacy, and Hoagies Pizza House.