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PHS students perform in Chicago festival

Forty students from the Perham High School choral program traveled to Chicago, Ill., and performed as part of the Windy City Choral Festival on Saturday, March 18. They were part of a 300-person choir conducted by world-renowned composer and clin...

Forty Perham High School choral students were part of a 300-voice choir that performed as part of the Windy City Choral Festival last Saturday in Chicago, Ill. Submitted photo
Forty Perham High School choral students were part of a 300-voice choir that performed as part of the Windy City Choral Festival last Saturday in Chicago, Ill.

Forty students from the Perham High School choral program traveled to Chicago, Ill., and performed as part of the Windy City Choral Festival on Saturday, March 18. They were part of a 300-person choir conducted by world-renowned composer and clinician, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. They performed in the 2,522-seat Orchestra Hall in Symphony Center, which is where the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs. They sang eight pieces total, two of which were composed by Stroope himself.

Students who performed in Chicago included Ryan Murphy, Dawson Honer, Seth Dykhoff, Junior Nordick, Nolan Wade, Gage Grunst, Blake Franklin, Jonathan Staebler, KyLeigh Swift, Hope Johnson, Madison Foerderer, Aixa Kolofale, Abby Hoppe, Ian Christenson, Andy Newville, Hannah Ekse, Annika Kovar, Lindsey Soule, Rylee Lindquist, Erika Kruzel, Caitlin Sondag, Hailey Galbrecht, Morgan Leslie, Shelby Burns, Madison McAllister, Audrey Swanson and Olivia Leslie, Victoria Paridon, Karli McMartin, Katy Baker, Alysa Ralston, Mara Leslie, Valerie Pilman, Abby Tweeton, Drew Birkeland, Leah Muer, Jada Halbakken Rachel Muer.

The students are directed by Nicole Mattfeld, choral director at Perham High School.

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