“We’re not all experts in music. You don’t have to be able to read music or be able to play piano,” LaDuke said.
Weena Boyle, a member of the Champlain Valley Chorus for two years, said their ultimate goal was to win Most Improved Chorus, so they practiced the basics.
“The judging criteria are vocal skills, accuracy, artistic sound,” Boyle said. “We knew what we were going to be judged on, and we worked hard on those things.”
Boyle said all choruses in the competition sing an upbeat tune and a slower song.
“One is called a ballad, and one is called an uptune,” Boyle said.
The chorus sang “L-O-V-E,” a song made popular by Nat King Cole, and “My Wonderful One,” the first song that the Champlain Valley Chorus ever learned.
“We did it to recognize the 45th anniversary of the chorus, because our 45th year will be in December … so that’s a neat tribute,” LaDuke said.
The chorus is excited to receive free coaching as a prize for winning the award.
The group already plans on attending next year’s regional competition, as they compete almost every year, LaDuke said.
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For more information about the Champlain Valley Sweet Adelines, visit www.champlainvalleychorus.org.