“The fact is that all choirs that compete at MICCA come prepared with the right notes and rhythms,” said Lathrop. “The choirs that stand out in the judges’ minds are those that perform musically, expressively and with a mature tone, which are the elements that we spend our rehearsal time working on.”
Lathrop attributes the fact that Triton has had a lot of success at the festival in years past due to the fact that the groups sound different from many that compete. The middle school select choir strives for a high school sound, and the women’s choir looks to college-level groups for their inspiration, he said.
“Winning the Gold Award is an achievement that could have only happened with a musical director who can teach and inspire at the highest levels,” said parent Joann Anderson, whose daughter Lilly, an 11th-grader, is in the high school choir. “We are so fortunate to have the talented Bob Lathrop encouraging our students to work together using their individual strengths to create breath-taking music.”
Both the middle and high school choirs have been invited to perform at Boston Symphony Hall in a showcase concert for choirs that achieved the gold medal/superior rating.
Lathrop sees this achievement as leading the students to a positive future, and is appreciative of the fact that the district and the community has a long tradition of supporting the arts at Triton. “As Triton arts teachers, we believe the principles our kids learn as members of an ensemble, or any other artistic endeavor, have a lasting impact on the potential they see for themselves and their future place in society, and having spent as much time around these kids as I have, I believe their future is extremely bright.”