Freshman in Higher Choirs
AHS has several advanced choirs that are mostly upper class-man, but there are a few very talented freshmen in the higher choirs.
Robby Blair and Spencer Peterson are two freshmen in the higher choirs. Blair is in Modernaires, and has been singing in choir since kindergarten, “I like singing because it lets me express myself in a talent that guys do not normally show. I am always singing, everywhere I go,” explained Blair.
Peterson has been in choir since he was about four years old, “although choir takes a lot of memorizing for the songs and the choreography, I love being able to be doing something I like, while working hard, and hanging out with friends. It gives me a place to be, and it allows me to really challenge myself,” explained Peterson.
For Peterson and Blair to make it into the higher choirs, they both had to practice a lot, and had previous experience before high school in dance and music, which helped them make their way into the higher choirs.
This year, Miller will be adding about twelve people to Modernaires, and fifteen to twenty people to Choraliers and Chorale.
Every year, John Miller conducts five choirs; the entry level choirs, which are women’s chorus and men’s chorus; Chorale, which is the top and most demanding choir; Modernaires, which is the most advanced show choir; and Choraliers, which is women only.
Each choir requires a different amount of people; Modernaires is best at at-least twenty-four people, and they need to be couples; Choraliers is best at twenty-four to thirty people; Chorale used to be run at seventy-five, but does not run at that many anymore.
Miller decides what students make it into the higher choirs by auditions, for Miller to decide what students make it into the higher choirs takes a couple of weeks, because he needs to do the auditions, which can take a while, as well as checking up on all of the students. “I have auditions and I try and look at grades, as well as attendance, and participation in each class, some kids I just pull out of the hall because their personality stands out and they have a lot of energy, and I want that in my class.”