MICDS students are representing this year with their vocal talents. This fall, eight students made soundwaves as they were selected by audition to perform with the 2017 St. Louis Metro District Choir. Major kudos to Hope Abel ’19 (Soprano), Nicholas Clifford ’20 (Bass), McKay Marshall ’19 (Soprano), Arjun Ramakrishnan ’20 (Bass)—and especially to Jack Cai ’19 (Bass), Izzy Essman ’18 (Soprano), Layth Hamed ’19 (Bass) and Nick Jones ’18 (Bass) for scoring in the top twenty of their respective voice part. Of those students, Izzy Essman was selected to perform with the 2018 Missouri All-State Choir, which will perform as the grand finale of the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference & Clinic on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Tan-Tar-A Resort.
In addition, three MICDS students were selected by blind audition to perform with the American Choral Directors Association Southwest Division Honor Choirs. The graded honor choirs are comprised of students from Missouri, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico. Izzy Essman was selected to perform with the 11th/12th grade mixed honor choir. Akshay Patwardhan ’20 (Tenor) and Arjun Ramakrishnan were selected to perform with the 7th-10th grade men’s honor choir. They will perform as the grand finale of the ACDA Southwest Division Conference in Oklahoma City on Saturday, March 11, 2018.
Along with competition, MICDS choir students also showcase their talents through three annual campus performances—the Fall Choral Concert, the Winter Masterworks Concert and the Spring Pops Concert—all which draw a big turnout each year.
“Now, with anywhere from 110-135 students who participate in our choirs each year, MICDS is the largest vocal music program of any independent school in St. Louis,” said Dana Self, Director of Choirs and AP Music Theory Instructor. “Our students really push themselves. Each year we give them music that is extremely challenging and they always rise to the occasion.”