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A new tradition at Jennings County High School is quickly surfacing: A chance for concert choir students to show everyone their talent.

Last year was the first annual Concert Choir Showcase. It was two hours filled with all the songs learned to that point, plus multiple solo chances, duets and ensembles to really give each student a chance to shine.

Getting into concert choir is challenging because each student must go through two auditions.

The first one is a group audition in which students must sing a song the choir teacher chooses. The group consists of a soprano, alto, tenor and bass.

The second audition is a solo, and each student picks any song he or she wants and performs about 30 seconds of the song for the teacher. This process is to ensure that only the best of the best get into concert choir.

That’s the point of the showcase, too. It allows students to show how hard they’ve been working and that they earned a spot in the choir.

This year’s showcase will be at 7 p.m. March 18 at the North Vernon Park Theatre Civic Centre, 25 N. Madison Ave. For ticket information, call 346-0330.

“Even though we’ve been hit with multiple snow days, we won’t change the date,” said Sandy Wildey, the high school’s music and choir teacher and director of the music program. “The students are working hard to learn the music and to make this night memorable. The seniors are really stepping up.”

Familiar songs from musicals, well known bands and even a few songs from famous movies will be performed. However, this year’s showcase will feature a song by the seniors for parents, friends and anyone else who attends.

So far, six ensembles have signed up. Solo auditions are next week. New songs are being worked on each day.

Whether you like rock songs, ballads, movie sound tracks or love songs, the choir showcase offers a bit of everything.

“There is something for everyone,” Wildey said.

Rebecca Smith is a senior at Jennings County High School.

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