Choir ventures to East Bay


Robyn Peters

After all groups performed, they watched a performance by the East Bay Singers, CSUEB’s choir.

Kiera Pendleton-White, Staff Writer

Choir is on the loose.

Treble Clef, Carlmont’s advanced girls choir, traveled to California State University East Bay on Thursday for the Cal State East Bay Chamber Choir Invitational.

Chamber choirs from Castro Valley High School, Irvington High School, Moreau High School, Mt. Eden High School, and San Ramon Valley High School also attended the festival.

Chamber Singers were also supposed to attend this event, but were pulled by Carlmont’s Director of Choral Music, Genevieve Tep.

“Chamber was just so busy with the ‘Matilda’ event that they didn’t have time to work on repertoire for the festival. But it wasn’t that big of a deal,” said Tep.

A few weeks prior, Chamber Singers performed at a “Matilda: The Musical” preview event for season ticket holders. They sang a modified version of “When I Grow Up” with one of the actresses who plays Matilda.

“I wasn’t terribly disappointed that I couldn’t go to the festival. We weren’t prepared because we were working so hard on the music for ‘Matilda.’ There are also other festivals in the future as well, so I didn’t mind,” said junior Dana Reynolds.

In the festival, Treble Clef members performed two songs from their repertoire called “I Thank You God” and “Bright Morning Stars.”

They were then judged by two adjudicators: Buddy James, Professor of Music at CSUEB, and Tim Seelig, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Golden Gate Performing Arts and San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

After they were finished with their clinic, the other groups sang from their repertoires and also had a clinic with one of the two adjudicators.

Senior Sita Chandrasekaran said, “It was a great educational experience. We learned different things from people other than Mrs. Tep. We also got to see the other groups’ stage presence, which may help our performances in the future.”