With trophy in hand, Varsity Singers head to state

The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers are shown during their chanpionship performance Sataurday, March 14, at the Homestead Classic Showcase show choir invitational.
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Huntington North High School musicians capped an award-winning weekend with a grand champion trophy won by the Varsity Singers at the Homestead Classic Showcase Saturday, March 14, at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne.

Also last weekend, the Varsity Singers received an invitation to compete in the Indiana State School Music Association state show choir competition March 21 in Indianapolis.

In a second major win for Huntington North on Saturday, the 78-member Varsity Concert Choir also won a grand champion trophy in the concert choir competition. It's the second win in as many weeks for the concert choir, which also won the grand champion title at the Carroll High School invitational on March 7.

The Varsity Brass, named best band in the show choir competition, also won the People's Choice Homestead Coffeehouse award, which put the group in center stage that evening. The Brass, directed by Matt Walter, performed an instrumental Stevie Wonder medley.

In the solo competition, Varsity Singer vocalist Alex Rader was named grand champion soloist, with Varsity Singer Haley Strass placing second. Strass won the competition at Carroll a week earlier.

The Varsity Singers, as a group, also won awards for best choreography and best vocals.

Jefferson First Edition of Lafayette placed second in the Homestead show choir competition, with the Chesterton Sandpipers coming in third, Norwell Night Moves fourth, Bishop Luers Minstrels fifth, and Prospect Mixed Company of Mt. Prospect, IL, sixth.

The Homestead event was the Varsity Singers' third competition of the year. The show choir failed to place at the first contest, at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, but was named first runner-up at Carroll High School in the second competition.

At the state competition March 21, the Varsity Singers are scheduled to perform a 25-minute program beginning at 2:39 p.m. at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis. The competition begins at 1:45 p.m. with a performance by the Pike Encores.
Other participating show choirs are the Northrop Charisma, Lawrence Central Central Sound, Warren Central Connection, Franklin Central F.C. Singers, Ben Davis Premieres, North Central Counterpoints, Carmel Ambassadors and Castle Knight Sensations.

The three top-scoring groups will perform again that evening to determine the grand champion.

The state contest will feature a women's choir championship the same day at the school, which is located at 7300 E. 56th St. in Indianapolis. More information about the Varsity Singers is available online at www.varsitysingers.org.