ALA choir wins the Grand Cham­pion Award in Nashville

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Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Academy’s show choir “Evo­lu­tion” com­peted in the Heart of Amer­ica Com­pe­ti­tion in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 19. They com­peted in both Con­cert Choir and Show Choir cat­e­gories. The event fea­tured some of the best high school choirs in the na­tion.

In the Con­cert Choir por­tion, they re­ceived the Grand Cham­pion Award and were rec­og­nized for Best Choral Tone and Best Reper­toire.

In the Show Choir por­tion, they took fourth place and won Best Cos­tumes. ALA is a char­ter school lo­cated in Span­ish Fork.

The im­pres­sive show is based on the theme of Dis­ney’s “Her­cules.” It in­cluded a large por­ta­ble set that looked like an­cient Greek ar­chi­tec­ture. The chore­og­ra­phy never stops for a full 25 min­utes. A fa­vorite high­light of their tour was their pre-con­test meet­ing or “cir­cle ac­tiv­ity.”

Di­rec­tor Rick Lunt said, “It sure was fun to hear the kids an­swer the ques­tion, ‘Who in this group is your HERO and why?’ They talked so kindly about each other and the lessons that they learn from each other. There were lots of tears.”

More than 80 stu­dents and band mem­bers from all over south Utah County par­tic­i­pated in the trip to Nashville

Lunt said he thought some of the lessons the stu­dents learned in­cluded find­ing their strength within, en­dur­ing to the end, not giv­ing up on them­selves, avoid­ing neg­a­tive feel­ings and the fact that even if one wins, there is still room to grow.

The pub­lic can catch a short­ened ver­sion of the choir’s per­for­mance when they per­form in ALA’s an­nual “Spring Blast” this April.

Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Academy’s show choir “Evo­lu­tion” com­peted in the Heart of Amer­ica Com­pe­ti­tion in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 19, win­ning the Grand Cham­pion Award in the Con­cert Choir por­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion.

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