This Friday marks the beginning of regional season! I will have previews of all competitions, results as I get them, and will be tweeting live from some events and updating the chorus rankings as we go along.
Region #11 is one of the more competitive regions in the organization. In the last three years, seven different choruses have placed in the top three with three different choruses winning the region. The 2013 top contenders are:
Agoura Hills Harmony Chorus who, coming off their 20th anniversary, will be competing 10th in order of appearance this weekend. Last year they earned 3rd place with a score of 567 which was their first top-three placement in almost a decade. In the last ten years they have scored as high as 585 and as low as 510, so they are difficult to predict. They seem to be on an upward swing, however, raising their score 67 points over the last two contests.
Celebrity City Chorus came in 2nd place in 2012 after winning the region five straight times. Averaging a score of 619 in those five victories, last year they scored 586. Although they had won the region, their scores have been declining since 2006. From 633 to 613 to 603 to last year’s 586, Celebrity City has been shedding points at a rate of almost 16 points per contest. Still, they certainly should not be counted out. New director, and former assistant director of Scottsdale, Cathie Sturm will lead them onstage . They are contestant #12.
Golden Sands Chorus out of Long Beach, California came in 3rd in 2010 scoring 568 only to fall 57 points in 2011 and withdraw from competition in 2012. They now have new co-directors including reigning quartet champion Patty Cobb-Baker. We’ll see if those upper 500’s scores can be reached again. They are competing as contestant #11.
Santa Monica Chorus won the region in 2011 with a score of 598. This earned them a spot on the Denver stage – their first time to compete at the international level. They are one of the more consistent choruses in the region scoring between 580 and 600 in five of the last seven competitions. They scored 620 in 2009 and came in 3rd. Santa Monica is competing 9th.
Verdugo Hills Showtime is the perennial 2nd place chorus it seems. Despite putting up 600+ points in four contests since 2001, they have not won the region in that time. Seven silvers later, they earned a score of 560 in 2012 – a slight drop of six points from the previous year. They have only one 590+ performance since 2005, but scored 637 in that one year. They have the potential to win the region at any time. Like Celebrity City, VHS has a new director in Tammy Ragsdale. Verdugo Hills is contestant #2.
In the last ten years, the average score needed to win this region is 594. To come in 2nd, the average score needed is 577.
Overall rankings for contenders are as follows:
Celebrity City ranked 34th in the world.
Verdugo Hills ranked 69th in the world.
Santa Monica ranked 127th in the world.
Agoura Hills ranked 168th in the world.
Golden Sands ranked 177th in the world.
With Caprice withdrawing from competition this year, and KMPR quartet (4th place last year) still hovering around the 555 mark, it seems to be a two-man race.
Tenor – Sally McLeish, Lead – Shawnna Bilyeu, Baritone – Tove Hoch, Bass – Jeannie Vercillo
Agoura Hills Harmony, Santa Monica, Verdugo Hills, Chapter-At-Large #11
Tenor – Barbara Gregg, Lead – Viena Zeitler, Baritone – Banks Pecht, Bass – Amanda DeLucia
Chapter-At-Large #11 and #12
(Note: These comments are based on past statistics alone. As with all regions, quartets come and go so quickly that it is difficult to predict results.)
You can view last year’s quartet scores here.
You can see the Chorus order of appearance here.
You can see the Quartet order of appearance here.
You can visit the region website here.
You can view the chorus rankings for all region #11 choruses here.