Singing in Solidarity with the Support of the Community
*To meet publication deadline, this article was published prior to this weekend’s Lawrence Central Competition where the Zionsville Royalaires were named Grand Champions, Best Vocals and the Zionsville Combo was named Best Band in MIXED and the Zionsville Choralaires were named Grand Champions, Best Visuals, Best Vocals, and Best Band in UNISEX. Congratulations to all on another spectacular competition!
Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Scott Clark and Tracy Pannunzio
While the show choir family has historically been a tight-knit group, the ZCHS Show Choirs rely on the support of the entire Zionsville community as well for its unbelievable success. As a show of our commitment to support our youth, we’re taking this time to highlight these students and congratulate them, as an entire community, for their dedication to excellence and to the performing arts.
The show choir competition season is well underway, and the two ZCHS show choirs, Royalaires and Choralaires are enjoying a successful run of achievements under the direction of Aaron Coates and Deana Broge.
“The 2019 competition season is off to a wonderful start,” Broge exclaimed. “The students battled through
mother nature’s crazy January weather and worked very hard to be ready for the first competition at Pike High School on February 9th.”
Just last month, ZCHS show choirs, supported by student instrumentalists and crew, competed at the Franklin
Central Hoosier Show Choir Class. Both Royalaires and Choralaires were recognized as the Grand Champion in their respective divisions.
At the time of publication, the show choirs were preparing for the competition at North Central.
While it takes the support of each other, their families, directors and faculty to obtain success at any level, the show
choir students rely on the support of their peers and of us, residents and business owners, as well.
“The community of Zionsville has been and continues to be extremely supportive of the performing arts,” Broge emphasized. “We could not afford our students so many wonderful opportunities without their support. Our families, friends and local businesses all work together to help Zionsville Show Choirs be successful each year.”
ZCHS Senior/Choralaire, Cynthia Kauffman, added, “The Zionsville Show Choirs are so beyond blessed to have such a large community that supports us and cheers us on. From the crew dads and costume moms to the siblings and friends that attend competitions, we would not be able to be our best without them. Spending hours rehearsing and working hard all pays off when we see them and all they do for us. We are so thankful for everyone that has helped us on our journey during this competition season.”
Another ZCHS Senior/Choralaire, Sam Parker concluded, “It has been awesome to see the hard work of the team pay off thus far. We have put in countless hours of rehearsal in order to perfect our show and are continuing to do so to make it even better. We would not be able to do what we do without the direction Mr. Coates and Mrs. Broge. They have pushed everyone to become the best performer and teammate they can be and are the greatest component of our success.”
Come support these students and see them in person at the Finale performance of the 2018-19 season on May 10 and 11, 2019. More information coming soon at zchoirs.com.
*A list of the previous competition results are mentioned in the print version of this article-the March issue of Zionsville Monthly.