Local choirs finish in top 10 at OSAA competition

Local high schools’ choirs offered a strong performance in the state championships last weekend.

Lake Oswego’s two high school choirs were among 24 6A division choral groups in the Oregon School Activities Association facing off on Saturday at George Fox University in Newberg. Lake Oswego High School walked away with sixth place, and Lakeridge High School took home 10th place.

LOHS vocal music teacher Cole Blume said the words of former University of California, Los Angeles basketball coach John Wooden came to mind immediately after he and his students had finished their set of songs, which included Renaissance piece “Jubilate O” and Venezuelan work “Mata del Anima Sola” (“Tree of the Lonely Soul”).

“I always circle back to what (Wooden) said was the best measure of success, and that’s if you give your all, and I think the kids gave it their all,” Blume said.

Lakeridge choir director Bill Campbell said the city should be proud of its high schools as leaders in the arts and of its classy and professional local teen vocalists.

“The state competition can be a motivator for our students, but it’s the quality of music education in our district from the foundational level through high school that creates musicians who, as a byproduct of the district’s commitment to arts education, consistently excel in the arena of music,” Campbell said. “We are proud to share our singing with the rest of Oregon at the state competition.

“The students in our choirs take great pride in their singing, but also respect the monumental efforts of other high school choirs around the state.”

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