Top talents take top positions in virtual music competitions

A virtual music competition gave talented students at Ivybridge a platform to share their vocal skills.

The Performing Arts Department at Ivybridge Community College held two music competitions during the fall semester to get in on the festive spirit.

The competitions gave students the opportunity to demonstrate their vocal range by recording songs in two categories at home: Once in Royal David’s City and A Performance of Your Choice – and then sent them in for assessment by the performing arts department’s expert panel.

Performances in the Once in Royal David’s City category were so good that the judges named two winners, Anna-Mae in the seventh year and Toby in the eighth year.

In the second category, students could submit their version of a performance of their choice. Seventh grade student Lilah took first place with her rendition of On My Own from Les Miserables.

Ninth grade students, Naomi and Iris, took second and third place, respectively.

All three winners, Lilah, Toby and Anna-Mae, had the opportunity to record their songs in the Ivybridge Community College recording studio, perform their song on stage and have their song filmed.

All three final winning performances were shown to staff in the headmaster’s festive briefing at the end of the school year and featured on the college website.

Performing Arts Director Helen Reddy said, “Like many other activities this year, the performing arts have relied on innovation to reinvent the way they interact with audiences.

“Despite the many limitations, teachers, students, and technical support staff at Ivybridge Community College have met this challenge by continuing to perform in different ways, learning new skills, and making the most of technology.

“This year’s virtual music competition has replaced the Performing Arts Show and Carol Concert, which we hope will be back around this time next year.

“Many thanks to the college’s music department for running and evaluating the competitions, and also to Mr. Whitehorn for his invaluable technical assistance.”

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