Local talent and local pizza. What more could you ask for.
Keokuk Hy-Vee provided their fresh HyVee pizzas for lunch on Thursday to congratulate and honor the choir members who worked many hours before, during, and after school to audition for the All State Honor Choir. This includes the 6 choir members who were selected to participate in this prestigious Festival Concert to be held in Ames, Iowa November 16-17: Corgan Ball, Braeden Kavanagh, Jordan Means, Josh Pollitt, Olivia Smith and Piper Walden. Along with all the students working very hard to perform in Keokuk’s elite, award winning show choirs.
This lunch is the first step launching a fundraiser, sponsored by Keokuk HyVee, benefiting the show choir and the students who will be participating in the National Show Choir Competition to be held March 14-17 in Nashville, Tennessee.
During the first 2 weeks of December, 1st through 15th, HyVee will donate $1 for every HyVee pizza sold in the store or preordered. Also, show choir members will be handing out samples and bagging groceries throughout the time for donations. Jars will be placed at the cash registers and in the store for additional donations. These donations are incredibly important as the parents and students will be financing these trips, the costumes, and all things that make the Keokuk Show Choirs ones of the top choirs in our division.
Radio Keokuk spoke to junior Olivia Smith on being chosen for All State Honor Choir and all of the hard work that went with it:
“We begin learning the music in the beginning of August, all the way until the end of October. It’s a really tedious process and it involves a lot of dedication and hard work. It’s a really time consuming process as well, but you can learn so much from it. Throughout the whole process you will learn all about musicality and music theory. It’s a great way to learn how to become a better musician. After 3 whole months of stress, tears, and hard work, I auditioned with my amazing ensemble feeling confident as can be. I don’t think I have ever sang better. When I found out I was accepted into the choir, I simply couldn’t believe it! I was in absolute awe, and was just so thankful. Many tears were shed, but they were all tears of joy. I feel very proud of myself for how far I’ve come since I auditioned last year, and I can’t wait to see where I’ll be my senior year. All the hard work was definitely worth it, and I’m looking forward to doing it all again next year”!
You can join the Keokuk Choirs and Show Choirs at their first public performances of the year at the annual “Singin’ forYour Supper” Soup Cook-Off and silent auction that will be held December 15th from 6-8 PM in the Keokuk High School gym.