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Cobra Chorale lands successful performance in Mobile

Published on Thursday, March 26, 2020

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The Cane Bay High Cobra Chorale had a successful trip to Mobile, Ala. to perform in front of more than 1,000 choir directors earlier this month.

The Cobra Chorale was previously invited to perform at the ACDA Southern Region Conference on March 12. It was one of 15 choirs selected from more than 100 applications, and the only high school from South Carolina invited to perform, as well as one of only three high school mixed choirs who were selected from the 11 states in the Southern Region.

The students work under the direction of William Bennett, director of choirs at Cane Bay High.

For most high school ensembles, Bennett previously said, performing at a regional or national conference is the greatest opportunity to receive.

Bennett gave his students high remarks regarding their performance; he said via e-mail that his students received a standing ovation from an audience of about 1,200 choir directors from across the country. He said standing ovations at these conferences is a rarity.

“Overall the students really learned a lot on this trip, and we grew together as an ensemble and a family,” Bennett said. “We had a great time.”

They were in Mobile from March 10 through March 13. They performed five pieces on a 25-minute set and performed with a string quintet made up of players form the Mobile Symphony as well.

This is actually the second time the choir has been invited to perform at the ACDA conference; the first time was in 2016 – and therefore a completely different choir – in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Bennett has described the selection process of who gets invited to perform as rigorous. High schools submit one piece of music from the previous three years to be considered for selection at the conference.

The reward is getting to go and perform at the conference.

Additionally, the Chorale was able to perform a joint concert with the University of Montevallo and University of Alabama Birmingham, and students were able to hear from them as well. They also attended a performance by the Concordia University choir from Minnesota and attended a performance of the Brahms Requiem performed by the Mobile Symphony.

Students are currently working on improving their sigh singing skills and analyzing and evaluating performances of music. Students have practice tracks for music they have been working on and are submitting rehearsal logs. Bennett plans to have them begin a series of virtual voice lessons next week.

Monica Kreber