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April 11, 2013

Triton school choirs win gold awards at state festival

BYFIELD — The 78 young men and women of Triton Regional High School and Middle School choirs walked away from last weekend’s 37th annual Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductors Association Festival, not only with huge smiles on their faces but with Gold Awards for their outstanding efforts. Only 10 of the 90 choral groups that participated in this event earned prestigious Gold Awards.

The annual MICCA Festival, which was held this year on April 5- 7 at Norwood High School, provides a forum for musical groups to perform in front of qualified adjudicators. Triton students participate in this event every two years.

The Triton choral groups sang on Saturday and each achieved the Gold Award — the top award — for performing at a superior level. Groups who participate in the MICCA Festival are evaluated on a standard of excellence rather than in competition with other groups.

“This is a huge achievement — gold medals are hard to come by at MICCA,” said Bob Lathrop, the school’s choir director, who is aided by piano accompanist Holly Libert. “I am extremely proud to direct such a dedicated and talented group of students. Their award at MICCA is a testament to their hard work both individually and cooperatively.”

During the festival, the Triton choirs each sang three songs. The women’s high school choir sang: “Son de Camaguey,” “Hotaru Koi” and “No Time”; and the middle school choir sang: “Doraji,” “South African Suite” and “Stand Together. “

In addition to the awards, the groups received expert evaluation from college-level choral directors and participated in a clinic with the judges who challenged them to improve in specific areas.

Triton students have been practicing for months for this event, both individually and with the groups at school. Lathrop said that many times the singers are assigned a section to learn out of rehearsal time with the goal of bringing it together with the group later.

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