The Green Pride

Choir participates in USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival

Students perform with fake mustaches at the USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival on Jan 8. Photo by Rylee Wilson.

Students perform with fake mustaches at the USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival on Jan 8. Photo by Rylee Wilson.

Rylee Wilson, Editor-in-Chief

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Students from the De Soto High School choir, along with choirs from Mill Valley High School and all three district middle schools participated in the first USD 232 Tenor and Bass Choir Festival on Jan 8.

DHS choir director Mindy Fry hopes the program will encourage more boys to join high school music programs.

“The directors are always looking for ways to help retain male singers in our program and this is an idea we’ve toyed with for awhile. We finally decided just to move ahead and make it happen,” Fry said.

The singers worked with clinician Christopher Smith, who directs for the Allegro choir in the Kansas City area. The students only had a few hours to rehearse all of the songs for the concert as a group.

“The clinician was really specific. He helped us fine tune during the fast experience we had learning these songs,” said senior choir member Sam McGuire.

Fry enjoyed the opportunity to work with Smith and other choir directors.

“I love watching other people teach. It’s inspiring and always gives me new ideas for my own classroom. I wish I got to work with other choir directors more often,” Fry said.

The choir performed four numbers including spirituals, ballads and a piece involving mustaches.

Sophomore choir student Jared Forshey enjoyed performing the song “Homeward Bound” most, as it was “upbeat.” McGuire added that the song was “really emotional.”

Both McGuire and Forshey enjoyed combining all five choirs.

“[Singing with the middle school students] wasn’t that hard. Some of us knew each other already, and we met new people as well,” Forshey said.

Fry feels the event was a positive experience for the students.

“Hopefully it built their [the students] confidence as a singer and a leader in the classroom. We also wanted them to see that there are lots of guys that sing and that it can be really fun.”

Fry plans to continue the event in the future.

“We know there are things to change or add as we move forward, but I definitely think we’ll continue with this event,” Fry said.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Leave a Comment

The Green Pride intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and must be approved by a moderator to ensure that they meet these standards. The Green Pride does not allow anonymous comments, and The Green Pride requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Choir participates in USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival

    Arts/Entertainment

    Senior nominees begin preparation for Shooting Stars scholarship

  • Choir participates in USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival

    Arts/Entertainment

    De Soto students prepare for the upcoming musical: Guys and Dolls

  • Choir participates in USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival

    Arts/Entertainment

    Winter guard prepares to compete for first time in DHS history

  • Choir participates in USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival

    Arts/Entertainment

    Choirs perform new song of hope

  • Choir participates in USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival

    Arts/Entertainment

    Staff poll: Halloween movies

  • Choir participates in USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival

    Arts/Entertainment

    Rain or shine the band plays on

  • Choir participates in USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival

    Arts/Entertainment

    DHS students prepare for the fall musical: Guys and Dolls

  • Choir participates in USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival

    Arts/Entertainment

    Shaw chooses to pursue art business full time

  • Choir participates in USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival

    Arts/Entertainment

    Band and choir receive high ratings at state festival

  • Choir participates in USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival

    Arts/Entertainment

    Visual Arts students take third in annual Frontier League art show

Navigate Right
The student news site for De Soto High School Journalism.
Choir participates in USD 232 Tenor/Bass Festival