This will be a hectic, yet exciting six-day stretch for Select Sound, Carmel High School’s a cappella choir.
Select Sound was chosen as Indiana’s representative choir at the National Festival of the States to be held in Washington, D.C., April 12 to 14, during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
“This year’s ceremony is special because it is the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion at Normandy beach during World War II,” Select Sound director Kathrine Kouns said. “A special commemorative ceremony will be held at Arlington National Cemetery where Select Sound will perform a patriotic and sacred repertoire. In addition to this performance, the group will also perform at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, at Union Station and at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area as a featured group during the Cherry Blossom Festival. They also will entertain U.S. military veterans at The Fairfax. It will be a memorable weekend filled with amazing performances.”
When the group of 20 singers returns home, Select Sound will perform at 7 p.m. April 17 at the CHS auditorium. The concert will feature a cappella music ranging from classical to modern-day pop, such as that performed by Pentatonix.
Senior Mady Phillips is looking forward to the trip as well as the concert.
“The trip to D.C. is a great opportunity for our group to perform and learn more about our great country and the people who served,” Phillips said. “Going to D.C. will just be a fabulous experience. We are going to be performing at Arlington and many other memorials, and I am very honored to be a part of a group that was chosen to represent the state of Indiana in the Cherry Blossom Festival. This is also my last Ear Candy, and I am just glad I get to close my high school career making music with this phenomenal group and with some of my best friends.”
Tickets can be purchased for $8 at ticketracker.com or at the door starting at 6:15 p.m. before the concert.