Cactus Canyon’s choir sings at Chase Field

Posted: September 17, 2014 in Choir, Electives, Student Accomplishments, Trips
The CCJH choir sang the national anthem at Chase Field before the Diamondbacks game on Sept. 12. (Photo submitted to the CNB.)

The CCJH choir sang the national anthem at Chase Field before the Diamondbacks game on Sept. 12. (Photo submitted to the CNB.)

By Shea W.
Cougar News Blog

Last Friday was the day the Cactus Canyon choir performed their version of The Star Spangled Banner at Chase Field in Phoenix. This whole performance has been practiced numerous amounts of times.
The choir class went to the Diamondbacks game Ms. Chung conducted her students as they sang the national anthem with students from four other schools before the game.
“I’m involved in the American Choral Director’s Association and I was able to attend the summer conference,” said Ms. Chung. “The Diamondbacks representative was there so I got to know about this wonderful program.”
The choir students had to pay $16 or $25 to participate in this event. The students who bought tickets were the only students who get to go.
Ms. Chung said the team uses a different version of the song than the choir already knew.
“We had to learn a new version of the Star Spangled Banner than the version we already knew,” said Ms. Chung. “Students had to relearn and reteach themselves and you know it’s hard to fix an old habit.”
Ms. Chung’s choir has been practicing up till this day. Last year, Cactus Canyon’s choir went to the state fair and performed in front of many people.
“We have to be loud in volume and have to train ourselves to be louder, so the people in the stands can hear us,” said eighth grader Alexus Hart.
The choir is also preparing for its first concert of the year on Sept. 304. Ms. Chung is hoping that many Cactus Canyon students will attend this event, which will be at the Apache Junction High School, at 6 p.m., in the PAC.
“I hope to have more confidence in myself especially in front of millions of people,” said Hart.
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