Starmakers shine in Sacramento with gold-medal performance |

Starmakers shine in Sacramento with gold-medal performance

Photo courtesy of Joe Anderson. The Magnolia Starmakers perform at the California Capital Vocal Jazz festival Saturday and Sunday in Sacramento, where the show choir won first place in their category and third overall.
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The bluesy talents of South County jazz choirs were showcased over the weekend at the California Capital Vocal Jazz Show Choir Festival in Sacramento, where the Magnolia Intermediate School’s Starmakers won first place in their category as well as third overall, which involved competing against high school-level students.

The Magnolia Blue, the jazz choir, participated in the festival for its first year and won second place, and Bear River Jazz Unlimited won the top jazz award in its category and Best of Festival.

“It felt really good to win,” said Adriana Moses, a member of the Magnolia Starmakers. “It’s fun and I’ve met a lot of friends in choir and have a great teacher.”

The success of the schools is due to the strong music programs from the elementary to high school levels in South County, said Moses’ mother, Sonia Delgadillo.

“Magnolia has one of the only show choirs in the county, but also a very strong music program and their success has been really the result of a very strong program in the elementary schools,” Delgadillo said. “Their choirs and bands have won numerous competitions over the years.”

The Starmakers Show Choir, one of four choirs offered at Magnolia, also features dance. This auditioned group is a mixed choir of 30-32 members, singing in three to four parts, according to the school’s website. The performers study traditional choral music as well as pop styles, and present a variety of genres within the “show pop” styles. Students also learn basic dance skills, including ballroom dance etiquette and forms; contemporary and jazz; and basic ballet skills for balance, strength and coordination.

The school also offers “Bella Voce” Choir, Rattler’s Chorus and Morning Choir.

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call 530-477-4230.

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