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Chorus Wild Card Scores

Before we get to updated Wild Card rankings…

I know some chorus members are biting their nails as regional scores are announced each week hoping desperately that they don’t get knocked out of a wild card spot. So let’s ask ourselves a question:

At what score should I feel confident that my wild card spot is safe?

To determine that, let’s look at this chart:

Year 5th WC Chorus Score 1st WC Chorus Score
2012 629 678
2011 620 680
2010 633 680
2009 637 689
2008 629 650
2007 625 681
2006 617 644
2005 629 646
2004 617 627
2003 615 695
2002 624 638
2001 621 672
2000 613 651
1999 615 658
1998 614 655
1997 616 632
1996 597 625

This shows the scores of the 1st and 5th place wild card choruses going back to 1996. The highest wild card score ever was earned by San Diego Chorus in 2003 when they scored 695. The lowest wild card score on the list is 597.

Over the last five years, the average score needed to earn a WC spot has been 629.6 Over the last ten years it’s been 625.1

Only twice has a 2nd place chorus scored over 630 and not earned a WC – Hickory Tree Chorus in 2010 when they scored 632 and  Scioto Valley when they scored 635 in 2009. The trend is a rise of between 1-2 points per year.

Q. At what score should I feel confident that my wild card spot is safe?

A. Around 635 is the cusp. 640 is pretty safe. 645, you’re pretty much in.

Now, here are the updated regional winners and second place choruses! Remember, only the top five second place choruses will earn a wild card. Some of these scores are not yet official. Unlike quartet competition, third place choruses cannot win a WC spot. I don’t yet know the sound score of the Melodeers, so I have placed Rich-Tones first simply because they competed first.

First Place Choruses Score
Rich-Tone 748
Melodeers 748
Harborlites 710
Pride of Kentucky 692
Skyline 683
Metro Nashville 664
The Woodlands Show 663
St. Louis Harmony 608
Greater Richmond 604
Wichita 604
Celebrity City 595
2nd Place Choruses Score
O.K. City 664
Capital City 648
Song of Atlanta 645
Harmony Celebration 627
Alamo Metro 615
Tucson Desert Harmony 608
Greenville in Harmony 601
Santa Monica 586
Wamego Dutch Mill 584
City Voices 580
High Country 522

One comment

  1. John Stockstill

    Great work! would you do the same for small chorus via Harmony Classic?

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