5th grade choristers Kate Brewer and Nina Boghossian-Marinho have been chosen to sing in the American Choral Directors Association National Children's Honor Choir (ACDA). The students, along with their teacher, Mrs. Neal, traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota to sing before the ACDA judges on March 8. The competition was fierce, with a pool of 300 other grade five through nine singers from across the country belting out their finest tune for a chance at a spot in the premiere national choral organization.
Kate and Nina, the only singers from South Florida to be chosen, practiced three to four days a week after school for two months in preparation for their audition. They sang in four different languages: Russian, Hungarian, Latin and German. They were overcome with emotion learning they had been accepted to the ACDA – a testament that their hard work and dedication was rewarded with the ultimate prize.
The purpose of the ACDA, founded in 1959, is to promote and nurture excellence in choral singing through education, performance, composition and advocacy while providing artistic, cultural, and spiritual experiences for its members.