Choir gives the performance of a lifetime


Chris Bonifaz

Conductor, Anna Backstrom, leads the choir through the concert.

Chris Bonifaz, Staff Writer

The voices of dozens of OHS students rang out through the auditorium to a packed audience. On Oct 10 and 11, the SDOHS choir performed alongside Stetson Hills choir in the main auditorium. 

Even though most of the choir did not think the concert would be a failure, they still had some hesitation. 

“Last year was my first year in Honor Choir and we lost about more than 10 seniors, so it was kind of nerve-racking leading up to the concert,” said Max Dedo, senior in Honor Choir.

He went on to talk about some of the previous members of the choir who had a huge impact on their sound. They now needed to make sure they filled that space adequately. This meant making sure the new singers joining Honor Choir were able to integrate with the rest of the choir as soon as possible.

“We had all these new kids coming in and we were not sure if we were going to blend well, but overall it went pretty well,” Dedo said. 

While Honor Choir was ready for the stage, Concert Choir also felt like they were just as prepared for the upcoming concert.

“I felt very prepared because Ms. Backstrom worked really hard with each individual choir and we all knew our pieces very well, and I did not have a doubt in my mind that we were going to go up there and mess up,” said Kara Scholl, sophomore in Concert Choir.

With all of their pieces coming together, they were a lot less concerned for the concert. After the concert, both classes had time to reflect on their individual performances.

“I know for Concert Choir personally, we really excelled in our blending for “Kyrie”. That was something we struggled with when we first learned the song, but the more we practiced helped perfect the blending on stage,” Scholl said.

Scholl felt that they did really well, and did not notice any mistakes while performing on stage. Honor Choir had similar success, but a very different strong suit.

“I know it’s kind of weird, but tempo. I think we did not get conducted on two songs, so being able to feel the rhythm as a choir and blend together and keep time is really important in anything musical,” Dedo said.

After reflecting on their performances, Scholl delved into what makes them different from each other inside of the overall choir.

“Honestly, all the choirs are the same because we are just one big family. While Concert Choir does have a little more advanced pieces, I feel like the different names are just titles and we all just want to go up there and be singers,” Scholl said.

Dedo also went on to say that he sees no difference between the different categories because they are all just as talented, but some want to take the more advanced pieces on, so they get a chance to do that when moving up the ranks.

The trials and tribulations set for the choir took time to overcome, but they believe that they did well in beating them. In the eyes of the choir, the concert went very well, and they hope they can continue to keep this level of quality for years to come.