Samantha Simonson, Andy Buckley, Nikiesha Myers, Reed Gibson, and Heidi Lieffort had the honor of performing in Clearwater Choral Festival held at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday, October 13.
Students were selected from their sections for their outstanding vocal leadership within the high school choir. The Colfax five, along with 175 other students from 30 high schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota rehearsed and performed under Eau Claire directors Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff and Dr. Allen Reick. After rehearsing during the day, they performed a concert that night with selections including “Afternoon on a Hill” by Barnum and Milley, Mozart’s “Gloria,” “Legacy by Z. Randall Stroope, and Walker’s arrangement of “How Can I Keep from Singing.” Tenor Andy Buckley enjoyed being part of a big tenor section. Soprano Nikiesha Myers talked about being taught the concept of visualizing a “puppet mouth” to remember to open her mouth when singing vowels. All participants agreed that it was a valuable day singing with other exemplary singers.