Fourteen MHS students sing their hearts out at Utah State Honor ChoirJan 26, 2023 10:13AM ● By Ethan Hoffmann
A Utah State Honor Choir Performance.
Last week 14 students in the Millennial and Ovation auditioned Choirs at Morgan High School were nominated to sing in the 2023 Utah State Honor Choir. Utah Honor Choir is an annual event that takes place each January. This year’s Honor Choir event took place on Jan. 13 and 14 with an all-day rehearsal at Murray High School with 500 plus students from around the state. The event was under the direction of two guest conductors: Robert Reimer (Men’s Choir) and Melissa Thorne (Women’s Choir). The experience culminated with a beautiful concert at Abravanel Hall on Jan. 14, where guest instrumentalists performed with the choirs. Students wore concert dress in various colors from their high school choir ensembles.
Students began learning the music in December, with before-school rehearsals with Ms. Greenfield, followed by two area rehearsals at Davis High School with students and high school choir directors from our region. Songs performed at the concert highlighted the women’s choir and the men’s choir and ended with two combined pieces. The women sang music in French, English and Bulgarian, while the men sang music in Polish, English and Latin.
“This is an opportunity for students to sing with talented students from around the state, learn wonderful, advanced music, and sing in professional venues,” said Katherine Greenfield, the choir teacher at MHS.
The Utah Music Educators Association sponsored the event. They also sponsor All-State Choir, Jazz Band and Orchestra events that highlight 2,100 music students from the state during the course of the events spread out during the year.
“Being a high school choir director is a joy,” said Greenfield. “I find great fulfillment in teaching music and working with students to help them reach their potential, develop their talents and provide memorable opportunities for students to perform in great venues and sing beautiful music.”