Nine school choirs have been selected as finalists in the Lions Club of Grand Cayman Youth Choir competition 2016.

Representatives from Savannah Primary School accept the award in 2015 for the best choir in the Junior category.
Representatives from Savannah Primary School accept the award in 2015 for the best choir in the Junior category.

Now in its second year, the all-island contest is a fundraiser to help Big Brothers Big Sisters Cayman Islands and has attracted some of the most dynamic school choirs. Open to the private and public schools in Cayman, the finals take place at the Lions Centre on May 26 from 6:30 p.m.

Chorists will be competing in the following categories:

Infant: Cayman Prep and High School, Prospect Primary School, Savannah Primary School and Grace Christian Academy;
Junior: Cayman Prep and High School, Prospect Primary School, Savannah Primary School;

Secondary: Clifton Hunter High School and John Gray High School.
The first-place winners in each category will win bragging rights and a check for $500 for their school’s music program. The Overall Youth Choir Competition Champion 2016, as well as winning its category, will also receive an additional $500.

Performances by local musicians and a raffle will round out the evening.

Explaining the finals’ format, Youth Choir Committee Chairperson Janelle Tibbetts said, “Each choir will perform one song of their choice. Finalists will be judged on tone quality, intonation, rhythm, balance/blend, technique, interpretation, diction and performance factors. Furthermore, each choir will be marked out of 40 against a rubric and will be given additional comments by each of the three judges.”

Last year’s contest raised $6,500 for BBBS and the winners were: Junior Category – Savannah Primary School; Junior High Category – Clifton Hunter High School; Senior High Category – Clifton Hunter High School; and Overall Youth Choir Champion 2015 – Clifton Hunter High School (Senior High Choir).

Cayman Prep and High School Junior Choir
Cayman Prep and High School Junior Choir

Speaking about the twin aims of the event, Tibbetts said, “This competition allows the club to showcase the wonderful outcomes of music education programs across public and private schools while giving them the structured setting of healthy competition. In turn, the competition serves as a fundraiser that will support other programs in the community [BBBS] that positively support the youth of the Cayman Islands.”

Tickets for the finals of the Youth Choir Competition, are $10 adults, $5 under-12, and are available from Lions Club of Grand Cayman members and from members at Foster’s (Airport) on Saturday.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring initiative which pairs a child with a role model. Its mission is “to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives forever,” its website says.

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