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Rifle High students among the state’s elite singers

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Theresa Hamilton
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Theresa Hamilton

When Rifle High School seniors Kimberly Watkins, Carl Lopez and Joe Moher take the Wells Fargo Theater stage Feb. 8 they will be among the state’s elite high school vocalists. The trio will head to Denver for the 2011 Colorado All-State Choir for three days of intensive practice and a spectacular performance with the top vocalists from around the state.

“The experience of singing with people who take music so seriously is amazing,” said Kimberly. “It’s a whole different level of music. It’s pretty exciting.”

Kimberly is a seasoned veteran in the All-State ranks, as this will be her second year making the cut. For Carl and Joe, this is their first time around.

“I want to take my singing to another level. This is a good opportunity for me to show that I am good at music and to learn,” explained Carl.

The alto, tenor and baritone each had to complete a rigorous audition including singing a song of their choice, site readings, singing three intervals and identifying two intervals played on the piano.

Eight Rifle High School students auditioned, and three made the cut. Each student spent more than 20 additional hours practicing their song, and refining the technical aspects of their craft.

Rifle High School choir instructor Daryl Gingrich and accompanist Pam Jarrett worked extra hours making sure their pupils were ready.

“I feel blessed that we had three students from such a small school make it,” explained Gingrich. “This year over 2,000 students tried out and only 490 made it, and these are the best-of-the-best auditioning. For a school the size of 600 students to even get one student to All-State is rare.”

He added that while only three choir students get to take part in the All-State Choir experience, the entire program benefits.

“The students get to work with world-renowned directors, and they get so inspired. They come back and inspire other students and are truly leaders in the choir,” he explained.

Gingrich also benefits from the experience because he watches and learns from the instructors and brings those experiences back for the rest of his choir students.

To purchase tickets to the Colorado All-State Choir event at the Wells Fargo Theater in Denver on Feb. 8 or for more information on the Colorado All State Choir, go to http://www.aschoir.com.

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