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St. Joseph choirs win awards

April 14, 2012 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated April 13, 2012 at 11:14 p.m.

The St. Joseph High School Varsity Chorale officers are, left to right, Vice President Jillian Strauss, President Jaclyn Boozalis, Quartermaster Theodore Boozalis, Chaplain Kristin Janecek and Librarian Marian Howard.

The St. Joseph High School Varsity Choir won two Texas Private School Music Educators Association concert and sight-reading trophies on March 23.

The choir contest was hosted by St. Agnus Academy of Houston and held at The First Christian Church of Houston.

The STJ Varsity Treble and Varsity Mixed Choirs were judged by a panel of three judges in two separate areas of musical competition.

A concert and sight-reading trophy is awarded to a choral organization that receives first division, or superior, ratings in both concert singing and sight-reading.

The STJ Varsity Mixed Choir performed "Come Celebrate with Joyful Pleasure" by Arcadelt, "In Stiller Nacht" by Brahms, and "Agnus Dei" by Poorman.

Comments from the judging panel included, "Excellent diction, intonation and blend. Lovely tone quality, ability to convey different moods, mature interpretation."

The STJ Varsity Treble Choir performed "Agnus Dei" by Durante, "Der Herr SegneEuch" by Bach and "Pie Jesu" by Lightfoot.

Comments from the judging panel for the STJ Treble group included, "Great job girls. Ambitious repertoire. I applaud you for singing in German, in addition to English and Latin. Excellent blend, intonation and sensitive interpretation. Very musical."

Director for the STJ choirs is Michael Petrisky, accompanied by Sandra Glenn.

"All of the students did a great job. To my knowledge, as far as TPSMEA contest results, this is a first for St. Joseph to win two concert and sight-reading trophies at the same contest," Petrisky said. "With each judge awarding a rating, the choirs were a perfect 12 out of 12 first divisions awarded. We were also fortunate to have Sandra Glenn help as our accompanist. She is a big contributor to the students' success with her talents."



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