BANGOR — The John Bapst Memorial High School Concert Choir was named international champions in its category on April 9 at the Heritage Music Festival in Salem, Mass., and two members earned the two solo vocal awards.
Senior Andrew Babbitt of Hampden and sophomore Rose Upton of Orland earned the vocal awards.
More than 1,000 students competed in instrumental and vocal groups at the two-day festival, which featured schools from Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other states. In addition, there were performance groups from Toronto and Vancouver.
Bapst’s participation came about when seniors Babbitt and Sarah VanKirk suggested that the school’s Concert Choir add a competition to its schedule, according to a press release from the school. Fine Arts Director Alfred McIntyre agreed to try to make it happen. The choir prepared for eight months.
The John Bapst singers performed three pieces for the judges: “The Last Words of David,” “Kyrie” and “Zadok the Priest.” McIntyre said in the press release, “I always tell the students, ‘Let the hard work we do today be worthwhile tomorrow.’ When we heard that the first place Gold Award for Concert Choir went to the school from Bangor, Maine, we were just ecstatic.”
In addition to Upton, Babbitt and VanKirk, the 2010-11 Concert Choir members include seniors David Botello, Nichole Bouchard, Katelyn Day, Megan Doane, Laura Donovan, Jacquelyn Dougherty, Brittany Ellis, Angela Frankland, Justin Lad, Aaron Ortiz, Nickole Powers, Sheila Rajan, Justin Smith, and Nick Southwick; juniors Alex Beals, Ashley Charpentier, Paige Cote, Margaret Howson, Amanda Lalime, Kurt Massey, Jessica Moore, Leigh Neptune, Julia Pelkey, Sarah Tapley, Maria Ullo, and Kristen Weed; sophomores Rachel Bladen, Jonathan Deschaine, MacKenzie Hayman, Christina Long, Jaime Roy, Mitchell Stewart and Adam Strang; and freshmen Jane Branch, Stephanie Colavito, Nicholas Galinski, Ayla Geel, Macey Jennings, Nick Jordan and Noah Potvin. The Concert Choir was directed by McIntyre and accompanied by pianist Thomas Jones.
John Bapst is a nonsectarian, independent, college-preparatory school that serves students in grades nine through 12, the majority of whom are publicly supported. Located in its original 1928 building in Bangor’s Broadway Historic District, the school welcomes students from more than 50 communities. The school’s new boarding program is attracting students from around the world. For more information, visit www.johnbapst.org.