NCTV 17 did a great feature on Naperville's booming show choir scene with a close look at Naperville North as we prepared for the 2017 Clash of the Sequins!
Naperville North’s show choir has been singing strong for seven years, growing from a small club to two nationally competitive groups with 40-50 students in each.
Recently the high school hosted the Clash of the Sequins 2017 invitational where they welcomed an audience with phenomenal performances.
The most important part of the show is of course the music.
“We think of songs that we feel our students will relate really well to and connect to. We also try songs that we know will be challenging for them but won’t challenge them above their ability level, we’ll push them to grow in areas that they need to grow in,” said Nicholas Janssen, the instructional coordinator of fine arts and director of vocal music at Naperville North.
“We take these songs that are otherwise really poppy and slow them down and make them almost tango-y and suspenseful and you can hear the audience they’re like ‘I love this song so much’ and to get to do a different rendition it’s like making it our own and making it our song,” said Abby Stevenson, a Naperville North senior in show choir.
The 20-minute set of music for these competitions take hours of rehearsing each week, but it’s all worth it.
“This is where I have my family, and like my second home,” said Abby Stevenson.