Every year, high school students from ACSI schools around the region gather together at an annual music festival called Musicale. Over the course of the Musicale week, students gather together to learn, practice, and sing songs. Additionally, each school has an option to send soloists, small groups, and large groups to be adjudicated or judged. The top performing groups from this adjudication are selected by a panel of judges to perform in a Command Performance on the final evening of the festival. Over the years these performances have become very competitive, and earning a chance to be in the Command Performance has been a rare opportunity.
That all changed this year, as our Southlands small group choir was selected to perform at the Command Performance in the festival.
“This doesn’t happen very often, so it’s a great honor,” said Choir Director Mr. Robert Hilton.
As hoped, our Southlands group did not disappoint! Among the many songs performed at the Musicale, they stood out the most with a stirring rendition of “Jesus What a Savior”, a song about how Jesus is the one who brings life and meaning to the world. Many in attendance were struck by how profoundly believable the group’s performance was.
“I’ve gotten so many comments from people who felt the students were sincerely worshipping,” noted Hilton. “In their adjudication, the phrase “I believe you” came up a lot from the judges. That’s what made it stand out.”
“We weren’t as talented, musically, but we were truly worshipping God,” said Yelin Park, a senior who was one of the members of the group.
“I want to especially commend the students who performed as a select group in the command performance,” said Principal Brandon Shultz. “The piece they sang was incredibly moving and they represented their school very well.”
The students who performed during the Command Performance were: Yelin Park, Joseph Kim, Harim Kim, July Xu, Calvin Chen, Megan Warnecke, and Nobuyoshi Unno.