CRC Honor Band and Choir
On March 20th, eight Osceola High School music students traveled to Concordia University for the Crossroads Conference Honor Band and Honor Choir. Even though the auditions are not due until mid-January, band and choir students throughout the conference start preparing their auditions in the fall for the Honor Band and Honor Choir. Auditions need to be nearly perfect to make it into these honor ensembles.
This year there were over 90 female vocalists auditioning for only 40 spots in the Honor Choir. Brittany Merry decided to audition as both a soprano and an alto, so she had a better chance to be selected. After the two judges listened to her audition, she was selected as not just first soprano but also first alto. Ben Lohrman improved his audition this year and he was selected as 1st tenor overall. The other vocalists who were selected were Erika Burritt (ranked 6th overall soprano) and Ethan Yungdahl (ranked 9th overall bass).
Osceola’s band students were just as well represented. Brad DeMers was selected as one of only three baritone players. Wesley Tannehill was selected for the clarinet section for his second year. Mollie Rathjen not only was selected for the flute section for a second year, but also improved her chair placement over last year. Freshman, Calli Carlson, also was selected as for the 12-member flute section.
Tom Thorpe directed this year’s Honor Band. He has worked the last nine years at Lincoln East High School directing the 240 members Spartan Marching Band, 3 concert bands, pep band, 9th grade Orchestra, Guitar class, and Music Theory Class. Dr. Derrick Fox directed the CRC Honor Choir. Dr. Fox is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
After a long day of practices, the students performed a concert. Selections for band included, “Westridge Overture”, “Hymn for Band”, “Afterburn”, and “Patton”. “Hymn for Band” was a favorite for the Osceola band members. The selections for choir were “Ubi Caritas”, “Roses I Send to You”, “Lord, Give Me Just a Little More Time”, and the very catchy “The Cuckoo”. All the Osceola choir members agree “Lord, Give Me Just a Little More Time” was their favorite song from the selection.