In My Own Words: Being a member of Madrigals

In My Own Words

In this installment of In My Own Words, Julie Stinson shares her experience with trying out for the select vocal group called Madrigals.

This year, I auditioned and got into a select vocal group. We call it Madrigals or “Mads” for short. At the beginning of the school year, I auditioned along with many other students in the high school.

Here's a picture last year's Valentine's Day. Singers are made up of members from both Madrigals and Tri-M (a music honors society).
About a month into the school year, the part assignment and acceptance list came out. To my excitement, my name was on the list, and I was placed as an Alto 2. There are a total of thirty-two people, four main parts with subdivisions of two (higher and lower). That means there are four people per voice part. When we sing at our performances the girls wear long, black dress and boys wear formal shirts, pants, and shoes making us look uniform and professional.

Every Monday evening we rehearse for two hours, perfecting our concert songs, Christmas carols, and other tunes for various events for school and outside. In December, we have a school performances, local tree lighting ceremonies, and other holiday festivities.

Julie Stinson (far left) with member of the Robinn Hood cast who marched in last week's annual Strasburg Halloween Parade.
In the spring, we will participate in a Madrigal festivals, where we perform with and for other schools as well as learn from each other as well.

Towards the end of the school year, there's the annual spring music concert which fills the PAC.

By now you can tell that this group is only full of devoted and talented singers that love to share the artistry of vocal music.

In My Own Words is a first person written series that highlights Lampeter-Strasburg High School students activities.

You can see Julie Stinson in person on the L-S stage next weekend November 9, 10, and 11 as Lenore in The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.

--By Julie Stinson, LS News reporter

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