3 Cassville students make National Honor Choirs

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
No Boys Allowed, a Cassville High School all-female show choir, practices the show, "Communication." Freshmen Lisa Lambel, front right, and Sky Dill, left middle, made the Middle School/Junior High Girls Honor Choir as sopranos. The choir is in Salt Lake City from Feb. 24-28, 2015. Jason Johnston/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Trio travels to Salt Lake City in late February 2015

Cassville High School saw three of its vocalists make National Honor Choirs last week, and the trio will stay in Salt Lake City from Feb. 24-28, 2015.

"We're just thrilled beyond belief," said Mary Richmiller, the high school vocal choir teacher. "We feel like we're dancing in the raindrops and not getting wet. We're so lucky."

Centerstage, a Cassville High show choir, practices the show, "Second Chances." Senior Levi Pollreisz, front right middle, made the Senior High School Mixed Honor Choir. The choir is in Salt Lake City from Feb. 24-28, 2015. Jason Johnston/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Senior Levi Pollreisz made the Senior High School Mixed Honor Choir as a tenor, and freshmen Sky Dill and Lisa Lambel both made the Middle School/Junior High Girls Honor Choir as sopranos.

"We get to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the last day," said Pollreisz, who also made the All-State Honor Choir for the second consecutive year. "That is going to be awesome."

Dill said she is real excited to get to go on the trip because she has never been in a plane.

"I went home, and I told my mom, and she almost started crying," she said.

Lambel said she thinks it will be real fun and cannot wait to go.

"At least I am not doing it alone," she said.

Each national choir has approximately 300 singers. About 3,500 students throughout the country auditioned.

"So, for our little town to get three kids in is pretty amazing," Richmiller said.

Contestants had to record themselves singing the missing vocal track that corresponded to their vocal range and to upload the track to the American Choral Directors Association website.

Pollreisz sang "Hallelujah" from "Mount of Olives" by Ludwig van Beethoven. Dill and Lambel sang "Hallelujah, Amen," by George Frideric Handel.

Lambel's mom, Jeanne Lambel, said she was thrilled when she found out her daughter made the national choir.

"When she was 5, she would stand up on the pew next to me at church, and she wanted to sing," she said. "So, I would tell her what the words were, so she could sing. And, people would turn around three or four rows ahead of us to see who was that voice."

She thinks vocal music is something that she may want to do with her life, and so this is a really good thing for her to get to experience, said Jeanne Lambel, who volunteers with the Cassville High School choirs every Wednesday and each competition. Jeanne Lambel orders and mends the costumes.

"Things rip and fall apart and get lost," she said. "I just am kind of the glue that keeps all of their costumes where they should be."

Lambel said she has been singing in choir since third or fourth grade.

Dill and Pollreisz said they both have been singing in choir since the Kid Kat Choir at Cassville Intermediate.

"But, I have a sister, [Cheyenne Pollreisz] who is four years older than me, and we have sung since forever," Pollreisz said. "We just like to sing."

Cheyenne Pollreisz is a music major at Truman State University.

Dill said she cannot wait to hear how the national choir sounds.

"There are a whole bunch of talented kids, and put them all together, it has to be pretty good," she said.

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  • Congratulations on this achievement. Looking forward to singing with you next month. Be ready to perform in front of 21,000 people in the largest auditorium you've ever seen.

    -- Posted by SingerGuy on Thu, Jan 1, 2015, at 8:00 AM
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