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Upper School Choral Students Excel At Music Festival

Upper school choral students won several awards at the WorldStrides Chicago Heritage Festival April 13-15. The program received the overall sweepstakes award and were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall next year.

Andrew Mouzin

Upper school choral students had a tremendous trip to the WorldStrides Chicago Heritage Festival April 13-15. The group won several awards (see below) and received an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City next year. Additionally, the choral program had the highest combined score at the festival and garnered the sweepstakes award. The choir competed against schools its size and larger from Canada, Virginia, Minnesota, Missouri, among other states.

Choir director Joel Diffendaffer said, "I'm incredibly proud of our singers for their performances at the festival. Building on the successes they experienced last year at Carnegie Hall, they have worked extremely hard this semester to prepare for the competition."


Here are a list of the group's accolades:


Ensemble Classification Awards

  • First Place Chamber Choir - Madrigal Singers (Gold Award)
  • First Place Concert Choir - Chorale (Gold Award)
  • First Place Vocal Jazz Ensemble - Top of the Hill (Gold Award)


Overall Sweepstakes Awards


Adjudicator Award

Top of the Hill - Scored at least 95 out of 100 points at the festival

Outstanding Choral Group
Top of the Hill - Outstanding (highest scoring) choral ensemble at the festival


Sweepstakes Award

Madrigal Singers, Top of the Hill, Chorale - Combined highest scoring choral program at the festival