The Deer Valley High School Academy of Performing Arts' Divine Voices and Dolce Voce Show Choir hit a high note -- or two -- during a recent trip to Anaheim.
Both choirs from the Antioch school earned gold ratings at the Forum Music Festival.
"It's the highest scores our school has ever received," said Michelle Stark, choral director.
Gold ranking is given to those in the top 10 percent, with scores of 90-100. Divine Voices scored 95 and 97, and Dolce Voce earned scores of 90 and 94.
In addition to the festival, the Divine Voices performed on stage at Disneyland, and the show choir was part of the Disney Performing Arts program at California Disney. Each group also participated in a backstage workshop with "awesome Disney performers."
And, on their way home, the performers shared their talents with the folks at Bradford Square Senior Living Center in Placentia. "We have visited them for the last six years. We love them," Stark said.
Divine Voices, which has 35 members, is an a cappella group. Dolce Voce Show Choir, with 32 members, is a fully choreographed show choir. Fourteen students participate in both choirs.
In her sixth year as director, Stark said the groups are gearing up for end-of-the-year events. The Divine Voices, along with the DV Concert Choir, will take part in the California Music Educators Association Festival on April 26 at Liberty High School.
POETRY IN MOTION: It was joyous and, at times, intensely personal. It was Antioch High's Poetry Slam.
The fourth annual event was held at the Antioch Historical Museum. The venue was an inspired choice, as the building was the first high school for Antioch and Pittsburg students from 1910-1931.
Taking the stage with classic poems and original works were 13 students. The top prize went to Charl'e Bishop for her powerful rendition of "Blindman." Daniel Barrington King took second place, and Morrianna Jack placed third.
The judges were board president Joy Motts and AHS English teachers Dylan Howell and Andrea Murphy, both of whom performed during the scoring of winners.
"The Poetry SLAM was fantastic," said Terri Chapman, who, along with fellow librarian Cindy Hoops, organized the entertaining event.
"We never cease being amazed by the talent our students possess. I always feel privileged to be able to witness a peek into the student's innermost thoughts."
Attendees were also treated to the talents of Timothy Mays, a nationally ranked poet and 2005 AHS grad. "(He) was not only an inspiration to all that were there, but his poetry touched my soul and brought tears to my eyes," Chapman said.
Chapman was happy with the event being held at the museum. "It provided a superb platform to showcase such amazing talents (and) exposed the students to the wonderful history of Antioch."
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