JOPLIN HIGH SCHOOL SHOW CHOIRS

2104 S Indiana Ave
Joplin, MO 64804

©2019 by Joplin High School Show Choirs

Judges

 

 Mrs. Courtney Wright grew up in Kimberling City, MO. After high school she received her Associate of Arts degree from Stephens College in Columbia, MO in 2002; followed by her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar in 2005 and her Masters in Music with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from Missouri State University in 2014.

   Mrs. Wright taught 7-12 Choral Music, Show Choir, Piano, Advanced Placement Music Theory, Reel Music, and Music Appreciation for ten years in the Webb City, Carl Junction, and Monett School Districts. She has taught Dual Credit Music History for Crowder College, conducted the Madrigal Singers and co-taught Beginning Conducting at Missouri Southern State University. She currently teaches K-5 Music at Sequiota Elementary for Springfield Public Schools, as well as adjunct for Drury University in Springfield, MO.

    During her tenure at Webb City High School, nine of her students were selected to the Missouri All-State Choir through the Missouri Music Educators Association. Several of her students have gone to study music in college and have been a part of multiple performing groups. Eighty percent of her students received a 5 on the AP Music Theory Exam, which is a near perfect score. She is also an active adjudicator around the state for music festivals, show choir festivals, and state music contests.

Zachary Pettit, Clinician

Mr. Pettit, currently teaching high school Advanced Algebra, graduated with his Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Missouri Southern State University in 2016. While here, was an active and leading member of MSSU’s “Concert Chorale,” “Jazz Unlimited,” “Chamber Singers,” and the Honors Program. His capstone senior thesis, “More Than Jazz Hands: Algorithmic Properties of Show Design” delineates a formulaic approach to show choir show design and its impact on competitive success. Additionally, Zachary works as a freelance choreographer, collaborating with award-winning show choirs across both Missouri and Arkansas as well as choreographing several high school and community musical theatre productions every year. He wishes everyone the best of break-a-legs today and cannot wait to see y’all leave everything on the stage!

Courtney Wright, Clinician

Eric Eichenberger, Judge

Mr. Eichenberger is in his fifth year as the Director of Choirs at Central High School. He was previously the Vocal Music Director at Joplin High School and Springfield Catholic High School. Mr. Eichenberger’s choirs and ensembles consistently receive exemplary ratings at contests and his private students regularly sing on collegiate and professional stages. “Mr. E’s” groups have performed at a variety of local and regional venues as well as having the privilege to perform for the President of the United States. Prior to a teaching career, Mr. Eichenberger spent 11 years as a professional performer. He has had the privilege of working with Tony nominees, Grammy winners, and American Idol finalists.

 

   Mr. Eichenberger received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Hastings College (Nebraska). He completed his Masters in Music and Masters of Arts in Teaching at Missouri State University.

Chris Kindle, Judge

 Mr. Kindle graduated with a PhD in Vocal Music Education from the University of Missouri–Kansas City last may. He taught public school in Missouri for 8 years. Under his direction, his show choirs received many awards including best choreography, best show design, best vocals and multiple Grand Championships. He was one of three directors nominated for the FAME 2015 Aspire Award for “Best New Director.” He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Vocal Music Education from Northwest Missouri State University. He has been an adjudicator and clinician for various District, State Choir events and Show Choir festivals across Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. He has been a free-lance choreographer for the past 16 years. He provides choreography for Northwest Missouri State University’s show choir, “Celebration.” He has been a regular staff member for Northwest Missouri State University Summer Music Camp of Excellence for the past 14 years, directing choirs, choreographing show choirs, and teaching private voice lessons. Mr. Kindle is an active member of Missouri Music Educators Association, National Association of Music Educators, Missouri Choral Directors Association and the American Choral Directors Association.

René Spencer, Judge

René Spencer has taught 31 years in public schools — Morgan County R-1, Miller R-2 (9 years 7-12 instrumental and vocal instructor), Mt. Vernon R-V (12 years @ K-4, 9 years @ 3-5 and 9-12 vocal). She currently teaches students in grades K-12 at Round Grove Christian Academy and teaches Kodály levels courses at Missouri State University (previously hosted and taught at Evangel University and Baptist Bible College).

   Spencer has served as Missouri Music Educators Association Elementary Vice-President, founding-president of the Kodály of the Ozarks, secretary/ treasurer of the Southwest Missouri Music Educators Association and has presented educational sessions at colleges and conferences across the state.  In addition, she serves as a clinician, honor choir conductor, and adjudicator throughout Missouri, and currently serves as a mentor for new music educators via the MMEA New Teacher Conferences.

   Spencer earned her BME in music education from Southwest Baptist University, her MSE in instrumental music education from Missouri State University, Orff Level 1 certification from Missouri State University, and Kodály certification (levels 1-4) from the University of Central Missouri.

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Results 2019

Friday Evening Junior High Division

1st Place

Neosho WildCat Singers!

2nd Place

Oneta Ridge Broken Arrow

Tiger Fever

3rd Place

Webb City Polyphonics

Best Vocals

Neosho WildCat Singers!

Best Choreography

Neosho WildCat Singers!

Saturday All High School Divisions

Unisex Division

1st Place

Nevada Treble Effects

2nd Place

Webb City Bella Vocé

3rd Place

Neosho Sugar & Spice

1A/2A Division

1st Place

Mt. Vernon Velocity

2nd Place

Miller Soaring Sounds

3A Division

1st Place

Hollister City Lights

4th Place

Nevada Vocal Fusion

2nd Place

Cassville CenterStage

3rd Place

Mt. Vernon Vocal Motion

4A/5A Division

1st Place

Neosho Choraleers

2nd Place

Nevada

Soundsational Singers

3rd Place

Webb City Singers

Caption Awards

Outstanding Male Soloist

Konnor Sisseck,

Nevada Vocal Fusion

Outstanding Female Soloist

Tied - Sarah Jones & Brinna Ream,

Nevada Treble Effects

Outstanding Opener

Nevada

Soundsational Singers

Outstanding Ballad

Neosho Choraleers

Outstanding Closer

Neosho Choraleers

Best Crew

Webb City

People's Choice Award

Hollister City Lights

Solo Competition

1st Place

Brookelynn Cooper,

McDonald County

Rhapsody 'N' Rhythm

2nd Place

Bailey Moore,

Webb City

Bella Vocé

Finals

Grand Champion

Nevada Soundsational Singers

3rd Runner Up

Nevada Treble Effects

1st Runner Up

Neosho Choraleers

4th Runner Up

Webb City Bella Vocé

2nd Runner Up

Hollister City Lights

Best Vocals | Best Choreography | Best Combo

Nevada Soundsational Singers SWEEP