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Choirs prepare for competition

February 24, 2014

Clinician Frank Fahrer leads Botkins Girls Choir in a lesson during the school’s workshop last week. The school was joined by two other small school choirs in preparation for competition next month. (Staff photo/Brittany Powell)

BOTKINS — In anticipation of next month’s competition, Fairlawn and Miami East school choirs joined Botkins Local School in a full-day workshop dedicated to the improvement and interaction of the small school choirs last week.

Botkins vocal teacher Melissa Grunden organized the event along with the visiting choir directors.

“It’s almost like an all-day bootcamp,” Grunden said. “Just repetition, but, also, I think in hearing other groups, that also kind of kicks them into gear — it ups the excitement a little bit.”

Retired choir directors and current competition judges were brought in as clinicians to work with the students.

“Sometimes just hearing the same things I tell them, but in a new and different way helps them,” Grunden said. “It’s kind of like having three weeks of choir.”

For the full story, see the Monday, Feb. 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.


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