Westhills Elementary Chorus wins national competition
The Westhills Varsity Chorus made some beautiful music at their Monday night spring concert.
It wasn’t part of their scheduled song list, however.
It was their cheering after chorus teacher Mateo Coronado announced the results from the competition they had attended on Saturday.
The Westhills kids won best overall vocal ensemble at the Holiday World Music Competition in Indiana.
Judges selected the chorus as the best of the best at the competition, which featured 22 school choruses, mostly from high schools and middle schools.
“They were thrilled with the result,” Coronado said of the chorus. “They crave that. They want that.”
Westhills has brought home first place finishes each of the last four years at the competition for the elementary school division, and received perfect ratings from the judges both this year and last.
This was the first time that they’ve won the overall title however.
“I was really excited to bring home something extra this year,” said Coronado.
They are only the second overall winner from the elementary school division in the history of the competition.
The award came as a surprise to the singers and their parents on Monday night.
Coronado explained that because of the four-hour drive the chorus left before the results were announced.
A parent stayed behind to pick up the judges’ score sheets and any awards.
Coronado said that keeping the result quiet over Sunday and through the school day on Monday was difficult to say the least.
The students didn’t have to worry about being quiet when they heard the news. The stage at Westhills erupted with cheers.
The chorus is made up of fourth through sixth graders at the school. Each must audition for spots in the chorus, in what Coronado calls a “fairly rigorous” process.
It doesn’t get easy once they are in, however, with practices and performances around town taken seriously.
That work paid off this week with a big trophy for the school’s awards case.
“These kids have worked hard,” said Coronado. “The judges saw this choir and the consistency we’ve had.”