PHS choirs earn competition honors

PARKERSBURG – Several choirs from Parkersburg High School earned recognition on Saturday in New York City.

The Parkersburg High School Chamber Choir, Men’s Ensemble, Women’s Ensemble and A Cappella Choir, under the direction of Pamela McClain, competed in the Worldstrides Heritage National Choral Festival held Saturday in the Riverside Church in, New York City.

The PHS choirs competed with 35 choirs from California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin and Canada.

Each of the four PHS choirs received superior gold rating plaques for scoring in the 90-100 range from all three adjudicators. The four groups each received an adjudicators trophy for scoring a 95 and higher from all three judges.

The Women’s Ensemble placed second within its division while the Men’s Ensemble, Chamber Choir, and A Cappella Choir each placed first within their respective divisions. PHS senior Logan Dudley received the maestro award as outstanding vocal soloist. The choirs were accompanied by Amy Sinclair.

The 103-member A Cappella Choir was honored as the highest scoring choir in competition, receiving two 98s and a perfect 100 score from the three judges. The choirs claimed the highest combined scores in competition earning the program the coveted Sweepstakes Trophy.

Adjudicators included Michelle Holt from the University of Rhode Island, Marti Newland from Columbia University and Laurel Masse, the founder of the Grammy Award-winning Manhattan Transfer.

While in New York, the choir sang in the historic St. Paul’s Chapel located across the street from Ground Zero. The choir sang in honor and memory of Mary Lou Hague, a former PHS A Cappella choir member who lost her life in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack at the World Trade Center.

Other choir activities included “Aladdin” on Broadway, the Statue of Liberty, the Top of the Rock in Rockefeller Plaza and dinner at Buca di Beppo, a popular Italian restaurant in Times Square.

The choir will present its award-winning repertoire at the PHS annual spring concert at 7 p.m. May 22 in the school auditorium. A reception will follow in the cafeteria honoring the 38 graduating senior choir members.