Harmony excels at Old West Show Choir Fest

Adam Flowers

Harmony competed in the Old West Show Choir Festival on Nov. 4 at Scottsbluff High School receiving a silver rating for their performance in the afternoon. It was the twelfth consecutive year that Harmony qualified for finals.

    Despite missing four girls who were participating in other activities, Gering’s Harmony group put together an impressive showing, earning a runner-up finish in its division and qualifying for the all-division performance on Saturday evening.
    “We didn’t break the top three groups but it was an outstanding accomplishment for these kids,” Harmony director Shelly Muggli said. “They were just one of seven out of 23 groups to be called back for the evening performance

    Twenty-three groups competed in the Old West ChoirFest. Gering earned a silver trophy in the 3-A division – the second-largest division – and then went on to finish just out of the top three in the finals which consisted of seven groups..
     “We got very good critiques from the judges,” Revelle Muggli said. “Our evening performance was even better than the afternoon performance, which was great.”
    Revelle-Muggli said she was impressed with how her students overcame the challenge of competing without four girls.
     “One of the things that the judges critique us on is balance between all of the parts,” she said. “After our afternoon performance, the judges’ comments said, ‘The men are too loud. We can’t hear the altos.’ Well, we were missing altos. All of the kids who were gone were altos except for one. There’s not much we can do about balance when those kids aren’t there. But they did a really good job considering those kids weren’t there.”
   The group changed up a bit of the choreography before the night performance  Revelle Muggli said and  her group was also successful at making a few other changes before the finals. Those changes allowed Gering’s Harmony to perform even better in the finals she said. Revelle-Muggli liked the pride and determination her students shows and applauded their energy in the night’s performance.
    Harmony will also compete in Imperial, NE, at the Nebraska Choral Directors Association on Feb. 12. They will also compete April 19, at the district level music contests, which will be held across the state, including Gering and Scottsbluff.