Archive for Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tonganoxie vocal department performing often this semester

November 17, 2010

There are plenty of opportunities to hear the Tonganoxie vocal music department perform in coming weeks.

The Chieftain Singers, made up of Tonganoxie High School vocalists, will perform Friday for a VIP shopper event at Cabela’s at The Legends shopping area in Kansas City, Kan., and at the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting event Saturday in downtown Tonganoxie. The group will be performing holiday music at both events.

Earlier this semester, there was the fall concert Oct. 12 and several vocalists were part of this past week’s musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center.

And coming next month, the annual Madrigal Feaste will transform the Tonganoxie Middle School commons area into a medieval setting. The nights of food and entertainment will start at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4.

Also in December, the TMS winter concert will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the TMS commons area. Students in grades 5, 6 and 7 will be performing in the concert.

Once the winter performances conclude, high school vocalists will focus on preparing for another stellar state competition in the spring.

THS received a “I” rating in group ensembles at the state festival this past spring, marking the first time the THS vocal department accomplished the feat in the Kansas State High School Activities Association competition.

“We’re really proud of the kids for kicking down that door and getting that ‘I’ rating,” vocal director Tom Gifford said. “It’s hard to do.

“We’re trying to go back and do everything in our power to repeat that.”

Gifford said THS took its men’s and women’s chorus groups to the festival as well.

He anticipates another strong showing in 2011.

“We had a really good senior class, but I don’t remember us losing a lot of kids,” Gifford said. “We have a really good group of returning seniors.”

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