This article originally appeared in the winter 2015 Harker Quarterly.
Eleven Harker singers took part in the American Choral Directors Association’s Coastal Region Honor Choir concert Nov. 19-21, alongside some of the best high school singers in the Bay Area.
Eight students were part of the Mixed Choir: Krishna Bheda, Karina Butani and Sumi Wadhwa, grade 10; Mia Giammona, Ashwin Rao and Tiffany Zhu, grade 11; and Madhu Karra and Gurutam Thockchom, grade 12. Three sang in the Women’s Choir: sophomores Anika Banga and Morgan Douglas; and Rithi Jayam, grade 9.
After three days of intensive rehearsals, the students performed at First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto. They were prepped by Susan Nace and Jennifer Sandusky, upper school choir directors.
“Susan really did a lot of prep work with the kids prior to the Honor Choir rehearsals,” noted Sandusky.
Singers will advance to the California All- State Honor Choir event, to be held Feb. 11-13 in San Jose, based on scores from their successful regional auditions.