Nevada Union choir out-sings rival Napa High in competition |

Nevada Union choir out-sings rival Napa High in competition

No, not a victory on the football field, but a win in choral competition. Out of 15 high schools competing recently at Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif., Nevada Union High School took second place in the Concert Choir Ensemble category, beating out longtime rival Napa High School, which took fourth place.

“Euphoric,” said Booster Club member Jenny Michaels – whose son Jake took part in the competition – of the singers’ reaction. “I’ve never seen faces beam brighter. Each choir that wins is asked to come up and perform one of the songs from their performance pieces. When they were done, they completely surrounded Mr. Baggett in a giant group hug!”

She described the friendly rivalry as something that began in 2005, when Napa took first place over NU in the Chamber Choir Division; NU won second place. “The choir presented Rod with a banner that year at the Spring Concert that read “Beat Napa” with signatures of all who had competed. It’s been hanging in the choir room ever since.”

This year, NU also took fourth for Chamber Choir Ensemble.

The Northern California Golden State Choral Competition was started about 15 years ago by Gary Lamprecht, choral director for 35 years at San Luis Obispo High School, and Dan Earl, choral director from Santa Rosa High School, to showcase the top choirs in Northern California. It has grown to include a Southern California festival, as well.


Editor’s note: The next opportunity to hear NU sing is the Nevada Union Chamber Choir Dessert Concert, which takes place Friday, June 1, 7:30 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St. in Grass Valley. Tickets at the door are $10. Call (530) 272-9710 or 273-4431, ext. 305, for more information.

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