Take note, Jefferson singers score in contests

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — Jefferson County student singers will travel to Atlanta in April following a busy season of performances that saw them take them top honors at a number of area competitions.

Jefferson High School Vocal Music brought home several awards at the 29th annual Martinsburg High School Concert and Show Choir festival on Feb. 24 to 25.

On the first night of the contest, the Women’s Ensemble, “Bellissim,” took first place and the JVM Concert Choir took second place.

“It was an extraordinary weekend for Jefferson singers,” said Karma Wood, the school’s vocal music director. “I am so proud of all our choirs. They have been working hard for this all year, and they really stepped it up when they took the stage this weekend.”

The JVM Concert Choir includes every student in the vocal music program.

On the second day of the competition, the “Pop Singers,” Jefferson’s show choir, placed second in their division and second overall out of 15 show choirs. It has been more than 20 years since the Pop Singers placed in Martinsburg.

The Jefferson High School Vocal Music includes every student in the vocal music program. It took second place at the Martinsburg High School Concert and Show Choir festival on Feb. 24 to 25.

Judges chose Sierra Grabowska and Trey Floyd as the choir’s best performers, and Danny Nowell, Lauren Baylor, Kailee Gallahan and Brandon Barker were given a judge’s choice award for best small vocal ensemble.

Following the kickoff at Martinsburg, the Pop Singers traveled to Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, Va., on March 10. There they received second place in their division and sixth out of 14 choirs.

The Pop Singers’ band received fourth place overall, and Lena Camilletti was named best female vocalist of the Mixed Division. Floyd and Grabowska were once again named the choir’s best performers.

The Concert Choir, the Women’s Ensemble and the Chamber Choir will perform at the Atlanta event.

Also in April, the Vocal Music Department will present its annual scholarship concert to support graduating seniors heading to college in the fall.

“I’m really excited for these students to have the opportunity to shine for our community,” Wood said. “The scholarship concert will bring three of the choirs together again on our home stage. It’s always a special event.”

That concert is scheduled 7 p.m. April 26 at Jefferson High School in Shenandoah Junction.

Admission is $5, and all proceeds go toward the Harold Chamblin Memorial Scholarship.

For more information, contact Wood at krwood@access.k12.wv.us.

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