The following interview took place with Kailee Timms, the Janitell Choir Teacher, on Friday, October 1.
Please tell the audience about the Widefield honor choir.
The District 3 Honor Choir is something that happens every year. We take district students from the 7th and 8th grade choirs from around the district. Students from Janitell, Watson, Sproul, and Grand Mountain can audition to be a part of a group, and we generally have about 90 to 120 students audition. We take about 60 to 65 of those students, and then they come together and perform music and put on a concert in December.
How does the auditioning process work?
Through the beginning of the year students have to learn scales and triads, and then they learn a short song that called Aura Lea. They have to perform an oral recall, which is when somebody sings to them and they have to sing it back. Students receive points for their performance, and then the top scorers are admitted into the Honor Choir.
How competitive is the Honor Choir?
It's not as competitive as All-State, which is next week's auditions. But it is kind of a bragging right for the schools is to see who can get in and how many can get in.
How did Janitell do this year?
We did very well. We have 31 students that made it into the District Honor Choice out of 65 that were taken.
To what do you attribute Janitell’s success?
The kids are focused and they really enjoy singing. I encourage them to do the auditions, and they really put forth an effort. I encourage all the kids to give their best, even if they don't want to do it because it's something that it's an experience that they'll get to have that they can't have later. I don't want them to regret that they didn't audition when they know they could have possibly made it in. I strongly encourage the students to just do it, and it's a focus in the class for the first couple of weeks -- learning scales anyways because it's one of those things that you just have to know, so it becomes very easy for them because it's our daily routine so they already know how to do it. I think the scariest part is the fact that they have to go in front of a microphone and audition. They don't know what that feels like so. Once they've done it, then they're like, oh, that's not so bad. I just think that they're they're pretty dedicated to the program and to me. They trust me.