Barbershoppers receive ‘outstanding’ rating
If you’ve heard them you already know: The Heights High Barbershoppers are Outstanding. And now, it’s official. Both the Boys and Girls Barbershoppers received a rating of outstanding at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Festival in Costa Mesa, Calif.
More than 600 students from 18 schools attended the event, Jan. 17 through 20. Barbershop music is unaccompanied (a capella) vocal music with four-part harmony.
This is the first year that the girls have attended the competition. The boys have attended for several years. The possible ratings of Good, Excellent, Outstanding and Superior are awarded by a panel of international vocal experts.
The Heights students performed without their director, Jesse Lange. “Our students were one of the few groups performing without a director,” said Lange. “That requires the singers to be more self-reliant and to depend on each other.”
Besides performing for a panel of judges, the students also attended workshops and watched performances by other groups, including college, adult and senior citizen ensembles.
The Girls Barbershoppers are: Marin Alcorn, Kiarah Balfour, Sydney Ball, Imani Bruce, Arianna Gonzales-Lowe, Laynie Gosselin, Jessica Gross, Caroline Imka, Isabella Johnson, Lily Kerr-Jung, Malana Lovett, Judea Lowe, Peyton Marshall, Clare Peppler, Charlotte Piszel, Azarah Robinson, Lila Shubert, Olivia Sormaz, Alyssa Smith and Mikaiah Truitt.
The Boys Barbershoppers are: Tedd Byers, Myles Byrd, William Davis, Remi Godard, Nathan Henninge, Christian Hall, Nareus Hardin, Grant Heineman, Jonah Kerr-Jung, Charlie King, Michael Lee, Jackson Marshall, Samuel Mitchell, Roberto Pastorelli, Andrew Pecaroro, Evan Pitts, Gerald Shazor, Rowan Trammell and Sukito Truitt.
Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.