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 Show Choir Community > Events > 2014 > Mundelein Invitational 2014


Event Info


March 15th, 2014

Venue Info

Mundelein High School
1350 W. Hawley Street
Mundelein, IL 60060

Phone: (847) 949-2200

Event Details

No. of Attending Choirs:

  8 Mixed Groups (Tier I)
  2 Mixed Groups (Tier II)
  8 Womens Groups
  3 Middle School Groups

Hosts:

  Mundelein "Sound"
  Mundelein "Lights"
  Mundelein "Sound FX"

Judges:

  Stirling Culp
  David Raab
  Jennifer Mather
  Louise Derning (finals)

Ticket Prices:

$10 for prelims only.

$10 for finals only.

$5 for finals add on to your prelim ticket

Event Website: Click Here

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Mundelein Invitational 2014



 Finals
 

Groups

 Expressions
 Buffalo Grove High School
Grand Champion 
Best Male Soloist (Brian McCallister) 

 Belles et Beaux
 Plainfield High School
First Runner Up 
Best Costumes 
Best Choreography (Tie) 

 Legacy
 Wheeling High School
Second Runner Up 
Best Band 
Best Choreography (Tie) 

 Swingsingers
 Batavia High School
3rd Runner Up 
Best Vocals 

 First Edition
 Lafayette Jefferson High School
4th Runner Up 

 OnStage
 John Hersey High School
5th Runner Up 


 Mixed Division - Tier I (Prelims)
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 Mixed Division - Tier II
 

Groups

 Swingsingers
 Batavia High School
First Place 

 Cadence
 Carmel Catholic High School
Second Place 


 Womens Division
 

Groups

 Femmes Fatales
 Plainfield High School
First Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 

 Faces
 Crete-Monee High School
Second Place 

 Expressions
 Lafayette Jefferson High School
Third Place 

 Blue Notes

 Lake Zurich High School
No Placement 

 Legacy

 Batavia High School
No Placement 

 Leading Ladies

 Rolling Meadows High School
No Placement 

 Ladies First

 John Hersey High School
No Placement 

 Company

 Prospect High School
No Placement 


 Middle School Division
 

Groups

 Center Stage
 John Hersey Middle School
First Place 

 Cadence
 St. Isaac Jogues Parish Catholic School
Second Place 

 Charisma
 Caruso/Shepard Middle School
Third Place 


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yankee96 on Mar 19, 2014, 12:10 AM
Post #45
 


QUOTE (JWill @ Mar 18 2014, 11:38 PM) *

Brian McCallister's Best Male Soloist award makes him 5 for 5 on the year. Add those to Fame Chicago 2012. Has anyone else done something like this before?



Cody Jackson from Gretna is 5 for 5 this year with FAME Chicago still to come!




Jorge on Mar 19, 2014, 12:08 AM
Post #44
 


QUOTE (JWill @ Mar 18 2014, 11:38 PM) *

Brian McCallister's Best Male Soloist award makes him 5 for 5 on the year. Add those to Fame Chicago 2012. Has anyone else done something like this before?



David Tahere- Davenport West "West Connection" '02, '03, '04 had a pretty crazy run of Best Male Soloist / Solo Competition wins.




Jeff. on Mar 18, 2014, 11:59 PM
Post #43
 


QUOTE (JWill @ Mar 18 2014, 11:38 PM) *

Brian McCallister's Best Male Soloist award makes him 5 for 5 on the year. Add those to Fame Chicago 2012. Has anyone else done something like this before?


Alison Vance from Hurricane "Red Hot" 2014 went 6 for 6 on the year. And has won 8 of the last 9 dating back to last year. Both are pretty incredible feats.




JWill on Mar 18, 2014, 11:38 PM
Post #42
+3
Brian McCallister's Best Male Soloist award makes him 5 for 5 on the year. Add those to Fame Chicago 2012. Has anyone else done something like this before?



JWill on Mar 18, 2014, 11:20 PM
Post #41
+5


QUOTE (Jorge @ Mar 18 2014, 02:24 AM) *


How did you have it going?



For finals I had:
Buffalo Grove (sweep)
Plainfield
Laff Jeff
Batavia
Wheeling
Hersey

Batavia certainly deserved to be in finals, and there was nothing mediocre about their show. Their ballad was excellent, but they are just not at Buffalo Grove's stratospheric level.
I feel that this competition was the break-out for both Batavia and Wheeling and look for great shows from them. Beating Hersey and Prospect is a big deal.
For those who haven't seen BG's ballad (the best of the year), they can be seen at their Big Show,
May 1, 2, & 3. Their vocal pops show is far and away the best in Chicagoland. They pack enough fully choreographed material into their show to fill 3 or 4 finals worthy shows. It is truly amazing.
Disclaimer: I have no association with BG.




juliofrommississippi on Mar 18, 2014, 9:19 PM (Edited by juliofrommississippi)
Post #40
+2


QUOTE (Jorge @ Mar 18 2014, 03:37 AM) *


You're opening an entirely new can of worms.

It's a question that I have wondered aloud lately and just had a conversation with some judges who have been around the show choir block in the last 30 years- Does amazing vocals in one song override bad-average-mediocre-out of tune-or boring vocals in the rest of the show? It's a question I've wondered before this competition so please don't think I am siding with any group- just saw this comment and it sparked that very question.



I totally agree. However, after listening to judges comments all year long, I have to say sometimes it feels like judges score vocals only on the ballad. I feel like judges want to hear lots of consonants in dancing songs, and are looking for one soft section per song. Is that even musicality???

I keep hearing a lot of "we want 2s/3s and 9s/10s" (when referring to dynamic contrast) in non-ballad songs. Is that musicality or forced dynamic contrast for the purpose of getting more points? Choirs like GCS do not adhere to this volume "rule", and I would call them one of the most musical singing choirs of the past 15 years.

Again, something I've thought aloud recently. Has nothing to do with this comp, necessarily, just a trend I've noticed this year.




bobatea4me on Mar 18, 2014, 8:10 PM
Post #39
 
Sorry! Accidental repeat posting.



bobatea4me on Mar 18, 2014, 8:03 PM
Post #38
 


QUOTE (show choirmommy100 @ Mar 18 2014, 11:54 AM) *

I wasn't here, but at Wheaton, Buffalo Grove's ballad was stunning. Some say the best ballad of the day. I'm scratching my head at the captions here.




Indeed it was stunning (at both comps). I think they should call in a structural engineer to check the stability of the auditorium's roof at Mundelein from where they raised it after performing that ballad!!!




bobatea4me on Mar 18, 2014, 7:18 PM
Post #37
 


QUOTE (show choirmommy100 @ Mar 18 2014, 11:54 AM) *

I wasn't here, but at Wheaton, Buffalo Grove's ballad was stunning. Some say the best ballad of the day. I'm scratching my head at the captions here.




Indeed it was stunning (at both comps). I think they should call in a structural engineer to check the stability of the auditorium's roof at Mundelein from where they raised it after performing that ballad!!!




showchoirmommy100 on Mar 18, 2014, 11:54 AM (Edited by showchoirmommy100)
Post #36
+4
I wasn't here, but at Wheaton, Buffalo Grove's ballad was stunning. Some say the best ballad of the day. I'm scratching my head at the captions here.



Jorge on Mar 18, 2014, 6:03 AM
Post #35
 


QUOTE (Häakon @ Mar 18 2014, 05:34 AM) *

It's a great question, but I hope the answer is no. A ballad may be a great opportunity to showcase a vocal piece that's more elaborate (or maybe earn some bonus points), but it shouldn't completely trump the rest of the show. Otherwise groups might as well sing a concert piece and then dance for 15 minutes.

I think what makes show choir so impressive is the inherent combination; the ability to perform song and dance simultaneously and strive for perfection in each.



Agreed. Consistency is key.




Häakon on Mar 18, 2014, 5:34 AM
Post #34
 


QUOTE (Jorge @ Mar 18 2014, 03:37 AM) *

Does amazing vocals in one song override bad-average-mediocre-out of tune-or boring vocals in the rest of the show?


It's a great question, but I hope the answer is no. A ballad may be a great opportunity to showcase a vocal piece that's more elaborate (or maybe earn some bonus points), but it shouldn't completely trump the rest of the show. Otherwise groups might as well sing a concert piece and then dance for 15 minutes.

I think what makes show choir so impressive is the inherent combination; the ability to perform song and dance simultaneously and strive for perfection in each.




Jorge on Mar 18, 2014, 3:37 AM
Post #33
+8


QUOTE (Speedra @ Mar 18 2014, 03:01 AM) *

If there is a video or audio of Batavia singing their ballad, the naysayers may have to rethink. That was simply amazing. Acapella, True colors. Could've been performed on the sing off on national television.



You're opening an entirely new can of worms.

It's a question that I have wondered aloud lately and just had a conversation with some judges who have been around the show choir block in the last 30 years- Does amazing vocals in one song override bad-average-mediocre-out of tune-or boring vocals in the rest of the show? It's a question I've wondered before this competition so please don't think I am siding with any group- just saw this comment and it sparked that very question.




Speedra on Mar 18, 2014, 3:01 AM (Edited by Speedra)
Post #32
+1
It was a great group of competitors and all choirs were amazing!

Thank you to all who attended as performers or fans!




Jorge on Mar 18, 2014, 2:24 AM
Post #31
+1


QUOTE (JWill @ Mar 18 2014, 01:30 AM) *


I was there. I was pretty amazed that a 'festival' division choir won best vocals. They were quite good but nobody was close to Buffalo Grove.



How did you have it going?




JWill on Mar 18, 2014, 1:30 AM
Post #30
+7


QUOTE (yankee96 @ Mar 17 2014, 09:53 PM) *

After seeing Buffalo Grove at Wheaton, I'm surprised they didn't take any captions, let alone sweep. Does anybody have scores to see how close everybody was?



I was there. I was pretty amazed that a 'festival' division choir won best vocals. They were quite good but nobody was close to Buffalo Grove.




Jeff. on Mar 18, 2014, 12:32 AM
Post #29
+3


QUOTE (juliofrommississippi @ Mar 17 2014, 09:34 PM) *

Wow to those captions....


I was thinking the same thing as I was adding the captions…




yankee96 on Mar 17, 2014, 9:53 PM
Post #28
+5
After seeing Buffalo Grove at Wheaton, I'm surprised they didn't take any captions, let alone sweep. Does anybody have scores to see how close everybody was?



juliofrommississippi on Mar 17, 2014, 9:34 PM
Post #27
+3
Wow to those captions....



Speedra on Mar 17, 2014, 2:49 PM
Post #26
+1
Middle School Results:

3rd Place: Deerfield Caruso Charisma
2nd Place: Saint Isaac Cadence
Champion Hersey Center Stage



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