Jazz & Honor Choir

by B. Gries

The Sibley-Ocheyedan Jazz and Honor Choir students are getting ready for their upcoming performances. The jazz choir will have many upcoming competitions; whereas, the honor choir is just a one-day event. Choir director, Mrs. So-Yeoun Lee, says, “The students worked really hard for the auditions, and I am beyond proud of all of them.” 

The Sibley-Ocheyedan Jazz Choir rehearses for two total hours each week (Wednesday and Friday mornings), with additional practice as they approach the competitions/festivals during the Choir class. During the Jazz Choir rehearsals, they have stated that their main focus is on ensemble performance and musical features. Jazz students also engage in discussions about their music, enhancing musical expression, making sure they have a good harmonious balance between singers, and teaching the usage of microphones and sound check procedures. Students get an audio track to use for individual practice. Their main focus for their individual practice is focusing on notes and rhythm comprehension. Jazz Choir Vice President, Alan Mejia, states, “I am very excited for this season of Jazz Choir. I think we have a lot of potential to win some of the competitions/festivals.” 

Honor Choir students prepare their music independently. If needed, Lee will assist them during their voice lesson. On the honor choir festival day, there will be a full rehearsal from 9 am to 6 pm. Shortly after the rehearsal, the students will perform at 7 pm. Honor Choir student Sakura Alanis says, “I am really excited for the opportunity to participate in honor choir this year. We have a good group of honor choir members, and I am excited to be able to perform with them.”