On Saturday, November 11, six PCA secondary students spent their day at Grosse Pointe South High School. They had the honor of being part of the MSVMA (Michigan School Vocal Music Association) Musical Theater Solo & Ensemble Festival. According to the MSVMA website, “MSVMA welcomes high school students to participate in its Musical Theater Solo and Ensemble Festivals. Participants must be enrolled and in good standing in their school’s vocal music program. Their school must be a member of MSVMA.”
Soloists and ensembles of two were able to perform. They each had to perform two pieces, one written earlier than 1965, and all music must be memorized. Finally, live accompaniment must be used; no recorded music is allowed.
Performing today were Ann Stein (12), Eliya Adams (12), Hallie Allen (12), Matt Pierce (11), Noah Askew (10), Hannah Askew (10) and Isaac Cantrell (9). Following their performance, the performer receives instruction from the judges on how to best improve their piece. In addition to the ranking component, this festival is also educational for the student. The highest ranking possible is a rating of 1. The following are the rankings received by PCA performers:
Hallie Allen: Division I Rating
Hannah Askew: Division I Rating
Noah Askew: Division I Rating
Isaac Cantrell: Division I Rating
Matt Pierce: Division II Rating
Ann Stein: Division I Rating
Eliya Adams & Hannah Askew: Division I Rating
Congratulations to these hard-working, talented students! We are proud to have you represent Plymouth Christian Academy whenever you travel!