White Pine High School vocalists recently participated in the Northeast Nevada Regional Honor Choir Festival in Elko.

In order to qualify, students must submit individual, unaccompanied auditions consisting of an ascending and descending chromatic scale, a series of intervals, and a segment of an audition piece selected by the festival coordinator. The recordings are scored by a panel of adjudicators for pitch accuracy, rhythmic accuracy, musicality, and tone quality.

Singers from White Pine, Lincoln, Wells, Carlin, Elko, Spring Creek, Battle Mountain, and Winemucca submitted auditions. White Pine had 30 students who met the audition criteria and were selected to participate in the honor choir. Those students were sopranos Alyssa Bailey-Brandis, Janessa Merrill, Rainy Gay, Brianna Newman, Emma Holdaway, Kassidy Douglass, Shayla Hughes, Raylynn Henne, Hailey Oxborrow, and Charish Stevens; altos Kya Dawson, Lydia Kunz, Eliza Sorensen, Aiden Parent, Rylee St. Aubin, Tiana Brewster, Bethany Haynes, Natalie Garcia, Tamara Griffin; tenors Alysia Beardall, Andrew Casarez, Michael Kunz, Mo Van Tassell, Ben Bailey-Brandis, Rylie Mattinson; and basses Matthew Nicholes, Sam Sorensen, Gerry Chilson, McCaul Nicholes, Matt Van Tassell, Zephen Nicholes, and Holden Windous.

White Pine had several seniors recognized for three years of participation in the honor choir (which would have been four if the event had been held last year). They were Hailey Oxborrow, Eliza Sorensen, Andrew Casarez, Gerry Chilson, and Matt Van Tassell.

The guest conductor for the event was Dr. Joseph Svendsen from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Svendsen spent two full days working with students to polish music they learned prior to rehearsal. In particular, he taught students how to better enunciate and how to connect with the message of each song.

Each member choir also had the opportunity to present a piece. The WPHS Singers performed Ryan Murphy’s “Pilgrim Song,” a selection they also performed at their winter concert. The group did an admirable job creating beautiful melodic phrases and rich harmonies underneath the melody line. The piece splits in eight parts at various points, so independent singing is critical.

The Singers will now begin learning their repertoire for the spring.