Four Kodiak High School
singers are in Anchorage
this week taking part in the All-State Music Festival, joining some of the
state's best high school singers. They are sophomores Hazel De Los Santos and Carolyn
Craig, junior Anna Polum and senior Melania DeLucia.
The girls, who have been singing together for about two
years, qualified for the festival by submitting a CD of their recordings. They
will perform as part of the 120-member treble choir, an ensemble of all female
voices. They and their teacher, Dale Lhotka, said they are excited to participate
and are approaching the opportunity with enthusiasm. Polum said she is
particularly proud to represent Kodiak.
-- (Polum 15 sec "It's such a great
feeling ... that we've got talent.")
DeLucia and Craig described the varying styles of music the group
sings and the ensemble will perform at the festival as eclectic, ranging from
traditional to modern.
13 sec "We're singing six
different pieces ... modern, fast tempo stuff.")
who took part in the festival as a freshman and prepared the other members of
the group for what to expect, said the two days of rigorous practice leading up
to the final performance can be very demanding.
-- (DeLucia 60 sec "We
have almost ... very, very particular.")
Craig agreed that they're looking forward to hearing what the larger ensemble sounds like when all the voices are
2 16 sec "I can't wait to hear ... all singing the same thing.")
De Los Santos is no stranger to
travelling off-island, but she said making the trip to sing is a new and
rewarding experience for her.
-- (De Los Santos 9 sec "I usually go travelling ...just to sing.")
The treble choir, conducted by Stan McGill of Highland Park High School
in Dallas, will perform at the festival's gala
concert Saturday at 6 p.m. at West
School. If you happen to be in Anchorage
for the concert, admission is 10 dollars for adults and five dollars for
students, with proceeds benefiting music education in Alaska. I'm Erik Wander.