Three FCHS Choirs awarded Best Vocals
Franklin Central Choral Department won Grand Champion in two divisions for the third time this season Saturday at Brownsburg High School Spectacular. The third competing choir was named 1st runner up in the small mixed division. Competing were Franklin Central’s FC Singers, the advanced mixed show choir, High Voltage, the advanced all-female show choir and Accents, the intermediate mixed show choir.
High Voltage is a 60 voice female choir in its 12th season, under the direction of Andrew Knaup with choreography by Jarad Voss and Tori Burns. In addition to Grand Champion, their spirited performance earned them Best Vocals and Best Choreography in the Women’s Division. Tori Carroll was also named Outstanding Performer.
FC Singers is a 62 member mixed choir under the direction of Bradley Gardner with choreography by Jarad Voss and Tori Burns. In addition to Grand Champion, their amazing performance earned them Best Vocals and Best Choreography in the Large Mixed Division. Josh Harrigan was named Outstanding Performer.
Encores is a 66 member choir in its 2nd competition season, under the direction of Andrew Knaup and Bradley Gardner. This talented group was awarded Best Vocals and 1st runner up in the Small Mixed Division. Mallory Hutchison was named Outstanding Performer.
The overall competition day lasts between 17-18 hours and includes both preliminary and final competitive rounds. While not performing, student watch performances by other schools and interact with other student musicians from the other schools.
In addition to the choral group performances, FCHS was represented by six Solo
Competition entries. Two top finishers were from FC including Dillon Betz and Josh Harrigan.
The Franklin Central Choral Program currently has more than 450 students in nine choirs; the program has enjoyed dramatic growth under the direction of Bradley Gardner and Andrew Knaup. Recent recognition includes FC Singers and Chamber Choir, Indiana State Concert Choir Champions four of the last five years.
FC Singers and High Voltage have earned the chance to compete at the ISSMA State Finals this Saturday for the top Show Choir Awards statewide. They will also perform their shows on Sunday, March 19th with some of the most talented student musicians in the state at Butler Sing! at Clowes Memorial Hall. The groups will perform this competition show for the final time in the Mason Auditorium at Escapades on April 4th. Tickets for that event are on sale now at Showtix4u.com. For more information about the upcoming schedule go to FCSingers.org.