In February, 2017, the Advanced choir will be going to Jackson County Choir Festivals. The festivals will be held at Holt High School on Wednesday, February 22. The choir will sight sing for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) and sing two world peace songs that they have chosen; “Come Follow Me,” and “River Sing Your Song.” They will also compete against the other choirs in our district.
JPEC choir student, Samantha Ulicny quotes, “I am really excited for the Festivals and it will be really fun. I also feel that it will challenge the choir.” Gabbi Crandall, also part of advanced choir says, “I think it is fun to have this experience because the choir is so big, and we’re like a big family.”
Mrs. Ortell is the director of the JPEC advanced choir, beginning choir, beginning band, intermediate band, advanced band and jazz band. She says, “I think that the choir is ready. They did a wonderful job last year at the Festival, and they have been improving a lot since then.”
She has taught at JPEC for almost three years, and this is her second year going to the State of Michigan Choir Festival with the Advanced Choir.