National Choral Competition Semifinalists

National Choral Competition Semifinalists
Posted on 02/18/2020

Congratulations to the Hicksville High School Concert Choir and the Hicksville High School Chamber Singers, as both ensembles were named national semifinalists in the high school division of The American Prize choral competition.

The American Prize is a series of new, nonprofit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Hicksville High School choral director Michelle Shmuel entered both performing groups in the competition by submitting extensive video footage from past performances as well as descriptions of each group.

“It’s an honor to be considered for this award; it’s really a tribute to how the choral program has grown,” said Shmuel, who directs the 93-member Concert Choir as well as the 27-member Chamber Singers group. One of the things that she is most proud of is that both ensembles are a microcosm of the community’s diversity. Both groups perform many of their songs in different languages. “They are truly a reflection of the cultural background of Hicksville,” Shmuel added.

Administered by Hat City Music Theater Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually. Following a second review of the entry submissions, finalists will be announced in April. Winners will be named in May. 

“This is a very exciting honor, and we are all very proud of the work Michelle has done in nurturing the choral program and bringing much-deserved notoriety to our talented young singers,” said Hicksville Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts Chad Wyman. “We wish both groups well over the next few months of the competition.” 

HS Concert Choir

The Hicksville High School Concert Choir has been named a national semifinalist in The American Prize choral competition.

Chamber Singers

The Hicksville High School Chamber Singers have also advanced to the semifinal round of The American Prize choral competition.