LHS choirs celebrate successful season

May 16, 2019

As the end of the school year draws closer, the Ludington High School choirs are celebrating a successful and high-achieving season.

Ludington Area Schools Choir Director Elliot Plummer told the Daily News that the school sent seven soloists and one small ensemble to the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) state solo and ensemble festival at Allendale High School in April.

Four soloists — Madeline Cooper, Heather Kaatz, Taylor Mackowicki and Lorynn Hackert — received the highest possible rating of 1 from judges.

The A Few Fine Men ensemble, consisting of Hunter Brown, Riley Claveau, James Gustafson, Brennan Murphy, Kadin Powers, Matthew Rasgaitis, Graham Rivet, Quinn Sargent, Torin Saxton, Andrew Schrader and Benjamin Walunas, also received a 1 rating, which indicates an “excellent” performance, according to Plummer.

The other soloists received a second-highest rating of 2.

“Each of our soloists performed beautifully and represented LHS with pride,” Plummer said.

Additionally, on May 6, two LHS choirs — the Women’s Chorale and the Arts Chorale — performed at the Central Michigan University School of Music along with 58 other qualifying choirs from the region. The choirs were participated in 15-minute clinics from university professors following their performance.

“Both groups performed very well,” Plummer said. “They received top marks for their adjudicators, and received excellent clinics from college choral directors from across the country.”