SHS choir students perform

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ST. LOUIS - On April 23, the Sikeston High School Chamber Choir gave a performance and took part in a clinic at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis.

The students were again invited to use the Cathedral for the day to perform and work with a choral clinician. This year's clinician was Willie Grega, a former Sikeston High School choral director.

After leaving SHS, Grega became a choral director in the Springfield Public Schools. Since that time he has become a well-known quantity across Missouri and in the multi-state region, according to SHS Choir Director Abe Leach. Grega was elected twice as the choral vice president for the State of Missouri and was recently elected to the presidency in the region for the American Choral Director's Association, this region includes every state south including Texas.

"Our students were very lucky to be working with one of the state's finest choral men, and to be given Christ Church Cathedral for a day, free of charge, by the Bishop," Leach said.

The Chamber Choir students spent the morning rehearsing with Grega. They then participated in a master class where Grega worked one on one with students who have qualified for state solo/ensemble.

As a part of the afternoon concert series at Christ Church Cathedral, the students sang a program of sacred and secular choral music that spanned from the 15th century to the 1960s.