What do you get when you combine 133 students from nine schools with an experienced director and a talented accompanist? You get the 2022 Heart of America League Honors Choir. Berean Academy hosted this event on Wednesday, October 5. The day started early with a mass choir rehearsal at 8 AM. Throughout the morning, you could hear voices lifted in song from the junior high gym and the chapel as Dr. Greg Zielke from Tabor College worked diligently to combine different talents to produce memorable music. There was time for men's and women's sectionals as they prepared pieces for the afternoon concert, and then it was back for one complete run-through. Each league school was also invited to share a musical selection at the concert. Berean's honor choir (Kessa Case, Scotlyn Gardiner, Tobias Klein, Nick Krebs, Atiera Langenberg, Tayana Nord, Trevor Nusz, Kaitlyn Schanbacher, Elias Simkins, and Kate Roseberry) started the afternoon concert by singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" followed by ensembles from Inman, Marion, Remington, Moundridge, and Sterling. Next, the mass choir assembled on the risers to perform Vivaldi's "Gloria," enhanced by a challenging piano part played by Mrs. Judith Mace. The men continued with "Come to the Music" and an impressive piccolo accompaniment by Sarah Teichler. The women's choir sang "Oceans and Stars," and the concert ended with the mass choir singing "City Called Heaven." Senior Atiera Langenberg from Berean and Kaedence Williams from Sterling performed amazing solos in this gospel number. One of the directors put it best when he said, "This event allows our students to have a terrific musical opportunity - being part of something bigger than they normally experience!"
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