NCTV 17 FEATURES CLASH OF THE SEQUINS!

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!

THE WORLD OF SHOW CHOIR IN NAPERVILLE

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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.

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THE NAPERVILLE SUN FEATURES CLASH OF THE SEQUINS (AGAIN)!

NAPERVILLE NORTH HOSTS GLEE-STYLE SONG AND DANCE COMPETITION

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Naperville North High School almost had a Broadway feel to it Saturday as the school hosted Clash of the Sequins, a 12-hour-plus song-and-dance competition featuring 14 show choirs from 10 high schools and four states.

The idea for a song-and-dance competition was first broached about five years ago but needed the blessing of Nicholas Janssen, the school's musical director and fine arts instructional coordinator, who was reluctant at first, co-chair Anita Mraz said.

"The idea started after a number of parents and their kids were going to various competitions...," Mraz said. "We shadowed other groups, and we kept pushing until he said yes."

Janssen said he got on board about a year ago thanks to "an amazing community of parents who researched and presented such a great proposal, there was no way to say no."

"We've gotten great feedback about our event today," Janssen said. "I think we resolved a number of issues or flaws our parents have seen elsewhere, including having everything on one level and people not climbing stairs as well as having a venue with higher standards to make kids feel their best."

"There is a real family environment here, and we literally laugh and cry together every day," (Naperville North's Axel Hage) said. "I've done about nine shows so far, and the things I've learned are to live in the moment — the support system here is bigger than I could imagine — and you need to perform each time like it's your last."

The Daily Herald Features Clash of the Sequins (Again!)

It was awesome to have the Daily Herald feature Clash of the Sequins in the Sunday paper!

SHOW CHOIRS COMPETE AT NAPERVILLE NORTH'S CLASH OF THE SEQUINS

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Naperville North High School show choirs sponsored their annual show choir invitational, Clash of the Sequins, an all-day competition between ensembles from around the Midwest. Audiences at Clash of the Sequins got to see a variety of routines, performed enthusiastically and professionally.

"We make it big like a Beyoncé concert because these kids work so hard for this," Inglis said. "We want to give them a really special experience. We also want to do something that's going to draw people back to Naperville, which is a very special place. So far, so good."

THE DAILY HERALD FEATURES CLASH OF THE SEQUINS!

Very exciting to have this feature on Clash of the Sequins!

SHOW CHOIRS TO COMPETE AT NAPERVILLE NORTH'S CLASH OF THE SEQUINS!

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High heels and sequined gowns at the ready, Akira Kennedy is eager to join her fellow show choir members in a friendly battle. About 16 show choir groups from throughout the Midwest will compete Saturday, Feb. 18, when Naperville North High School hosts the invitational Clash of the Sequins 2017.

"It's so rewarding," said Kennedy, a senior who has been in show choir since she was a freshman. "The people you meet and the connections you make bring you back every year."

Naperville North hosted its first Clash of the Sequins last year in the school's auditorium. Already the event has outgrown that venue, said Nick Janssen, director of vocal music and the instructional coordinator of the Fine Arts Department.

"This year it's in the field house. We can accommodate up to 4,000 people," he said.

Janssen said show choirs from Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois will be at the event, along with performers and volunteers from Naperville Central High School, the School of Performing Arts. and community theater and choir programs.

"We're not just providing them an education, we have to provide them an experience," he said of his students. "These kids work so hard. I want them to walk onto that stage and feel like they are Beyoncé for the day."

"Nick is big on giving kids leadership. He forces them to get out of their comfort zone," (Event Chair Anita Mraz) said. "He does an amazing job of creating a safe environment for the kids."

THE NAPERVILLE SUN FEATURES Clash OF THE SEQUINS!

So cool to have the Naperville Sun feature Clash of the Sequins!

CLASH OF THE SEQUINS TO SHOWCASE SOME OF THE BEST SHOW CHOIRS IN THE MIDWEST

"Events like this are an opportunity for students to compete and to receive feedback, but we really wanted to go above and beyond the competitive experience," said Nicholas Janssen, the high school's musical director and fine arts instructional coordinator. "We have put a lot of time and energy into the aesthetics of the event that will make you feel like you are at a superstar rock concert."

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