Bradley Central High School’s show choir, Vocal Motion, plans to perform for a hometown crowd tonight to celebrate how it has placed in its most recent competitions.
A celebration event will take place at the school’s Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30.
Choir Director Katie Philips said the event will allow the community to see what the student singers have accomplished so far during the current school semester.
“This is really just a celebration of how they have performed,” she said.
In what she has called the choir’s “best season yet,” the choir has placed in two out-of-state competitions against nationally ranked show choirs.
After being featured as a showcase performer at a competition for middle school students held at Lake Forest Middle School earlier this year, the choir performed at three high school competitions throughout the Southeast.
Bradley Central’s Vocal Motion took part in the Feb. 1 Tallassee Capital City Classic in Tallassee, Ala., the Feb. 8 Albertville Diamond Classic in Albertville, Ala., and the Feb. 22 Belmont University Music City Show Shoppe in Nashville.
While the show choir students did not place in the Tallassee competition, they were the fourth runner-ups and winners of the “best male soloist” prize in Albertville. In Nashville, Vocal Motion was the third runner-up.
While the choir has not come in first place so far, Philips said the placements it did earn were significant because they competed against teams which had already been nationally ranked. She said that is something to celebrate because Bradley Central is now working its way up into those rankings.
All the while, she said the students had been doing a good job of taking feedback from the professional judges at the competitions, and putting in the work necessary to sing and dance better. At each competition this semester, the choir did progressively better.
“We’re definitely growing,” Philips said.
Tonight’s event will have the students perform a set of songs from competition, and all families, friends and community members are welcome to attend so the choir can thank them for their support so far.
Because of how the choir has been preforming recently, Philips said attendees will get to see the local show choir “at the peak of the season,” with it being “the best it’s been.”
The event is free to the public.