Tempe Prep Chamber Choir Practicing for Competition
By Sam Campbell
With all the school clubs and plans that Covid-19 has cancelled for students, Tempe Prep’s Chamber Choir endures. Like most things nowadays, Tempe Prep’s elite high school choir this year had to be altered. First, the choir was limited to 25 students. With the global pandemic, the choir was limited so that there could be social distancing during practice. Second, masks are required.
Before starting choir, a team reviewed research about masks and how they block breathing emission. Finally, the amount of singing in one sitting is limited to 30 minutes a day. Even though the amount of singing is more limited, Tempe Prep’s Chamber Choir practice is filled with other things such as reviewing music, listening to other performances, and tapping out the rhythms. While these forced adaptations have not particularly been welcome, it does allow choir to exist.
One thing Covid-19 has altered, but not cancelled, is the Vocal Jazz Madrigal Festival at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. For those that do not know what it is, the Jazz Madrigal Festival is an opportunity for high school choirs from around the state to go and perform practiced songs, then get rated. The past two years, Tempe Prep’s Chamber Choir has gotten the highest award: the Superior award.
Hayden Sampson, a Tempe Prep senior and Choir veteran is “very excited for choir this year and ready for another Superior award.”
So far, the choir is off to a good start. There have already been four practices on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. They are working on five songs currently, with maybe some more on the way. Clark Campbell, the lone sophomore in Chamber Choir, said, “So far choir has been an awesome experience. It is tons of fun and I get to sing some great songs.”
As in the past two years, Aimee Stewart is still the choir Director. She is excited for choir because she believes the choir “is very balanced this year and full of talented singers.” With high hopes for the upcoming future, Tempe Prep’s Chamber Choir continues to sing and have fun!
(Photo of Tempe Prep Chamber Choir in Sedona in Fall 2019)
Article by Sam Goodykoontz, a student staff writer for De Equitibus, Tempe Preparatory Academy’s student newspaper.
About Tempe Prep: Tempe Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free public charter school in Tempe for students in grades 6-12 that provides a nationally acclaimed liberal arts education based on the Great Books of Western Civilization with an exceptional math, science, foreign language, humanities, and fine arts curriculum. Tempe Prep has been recognized by the Arizona Board of Regents as having the highest percentage of college graduates in the state and has been named the #1 high school in Arizona by Newsweek (America’s Top High Schools 2016). For more information about enrolling at Tempe Prep, visit the school’s website at tempeprep.org.