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 Show Choir Community > Events > 2014 > FAME Show Choir National Finals 2014


Event Info


April 26th, 2014

Venue Info

Arie Crown Theater
2301 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616

Phone: (312) 791-6000

Event Details

No. of Attending Choirs:

  13 Mixed Groups
  5 Womens Groups

Hosts:

  FAME Events

Judges:

  Pete Eklund (Mixed - Vocals)
  Jonathan McKenzie (Mixed - Vocals)
  Linda McEachran Southard (Mixed - Visuals)
  Jarad Voss (Mixed - Visuals)
  Eric Van Cleave (Mixed - Overall)
  Dan Scoville (Mixed - Instrumentals)
  Pete Eklund (Womens - Vocals)
  Linda McEachran Southard (Womens - Visuals)
  Jonathan McKenzie (Womens - Overall)
  Earl Hurrey (Womens - Instrumentals)

Ticket Prices:

$40 Women's Division (Friday)

$60 Mixed Division (Saturday)

$75 Both Days

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FAME Show Choir National Finals 2014









Awards
Photos
TBA
Live Stream
Event Site


 Mixed Division
 

Groups

 Evolution
 American Leadership Academy
10th Place 
Best Show Design 

 Splash
 Etobicoke School of the Arts
13th Place 

 Swingsations
 Mt. Zion High School
First Place 
Best Choreography 
Best Crew 
Best Female Stage Presence (Shanna Jae See) 
Best Rhythm Section 
Most Original Selection ("Awkward Pause") 

 Soundsations
 Petal High School
11th Place 
FAME Award 

 Class Royale
 Homestead High School
12th Place 

 Riverside Company
 Hastings High School
Second Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Female Sound 
Best Instrumentalist (Michael Notch) 

 Great Expectations
 Twinsburg High School
Third Place 
Best Costumes 
Best Diction 
Best Male Stage Presence (Sean Purdy) 

 First Edition
 Findlay High School
4th Place 
Best Male Sound 

 Masquerade
 Brea Olinda High School
5th Place 
Best Female Soloist 

 Resonance
 Lincoln Southwest High School
6th Place 
Best Band 
Best Horn Section 
Best Instrumentalist (Taylor H.) 

 Rhythm of the Knight
 Uniondale High School
7th Place 
Best Male Soloist 

 Central Singers, Inc.
 Davenport Central High School
8th Place 

 Spotlighters
 Craig High School
9th Place 


 Womens Division
 

Groups

 Spellbound
 Brea Olinda High School
First Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 
Best Show Design 
Best Crew 
Best Female Soloist 
Best Female Stage Presence 

 Innovations
 Petal High School
Second Place 
Best Costumes 

 Elite
 Homestead High School
Third Place 
Best Band 

 Glo
 Etobicoke School of the Arts
4th Place 

 Synergy
 Tupelo High School
5th Place 
FAME Award 
Best Instrumentalist 


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Hastings517 on Apr 28, 2014, 4:39 PM
Post #142
+3


QUOTE (kayla. @ Apr 27 2014, 11:13 PM) *

The point difference between Mt. Zion and Hastings was .5 points.
Very close competition. Congrats to all groups that competed!



How the top 2 worked out to be the way they are:

Hastings band had the edge on Mt Zion's band by .5 points ... However, band points were not a factor in the final score. Hastings and Mt Zion were tied overall for points without band included. The tie breaker went to the judges' rankings, and it ended up being that one more judge ranked Mt Zion in 1st than Hastings. Thus, the outcome.

It was exciting to watch a lot of the shows on Saturday- especially sitting in the theatre still in our closer costumes, watching Twinsburg and Mt Zion perform We had only seen Twinsburg on YouTube, and we didn't get to see Mt Zion when we competed together at Onalaska in January since one of us was always performing while the other was in warm-up!

Other memorable shows were Uniondale (so much energy!!) and Lincoln Southwest (love their ballad!).

Congratulations to everyone who competed this weekend and also the ASPIRE award winners! Being a senior, I'm glad that I was able to finish my show choir career with such an amazing weekend.





ThomasL on May 28, 2019, 7:37 PM
Post #149
 
Etobicoke, aka 13th place here, beat Burbank In Sync last year, aka 2018, so this competition must've been stiff. Wowza.

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drumcorpsnut42 on May 12, 2014, 8:17 PM
Post #148
+4


QUOTE (Hastings517 @ May 09 2014, 05:05 PM) *

Our director was interviewed by the local paper last week for an article- the official point total was 911 for both Mt Zion and Hastings. Wowza.



Do you have the point totals for all 18 of the FAME Nationals competitors and if so, would you please post them? I know their are many people other than just myself who would really like to see them!


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rotkriss on May 9, 2014, 5:10 PM
Post #147
 


QUOTE (simmons123 @ Apr 29 2014, 01:31 AM) *

What was the name of the guy from Uniondale that won best male soloist??


Kenyo




Hastings517 on May 9, 2014, 5:05 PM
Post #146
 
Our director was interviewed by the local paper last week for an article- the official point total was 911 for both Mt Zion and Hastings. Wowza.

S

simmons123 on Apr 29, 2014, 1:31 AM
Post #145
+1
What was the name of the guy from Uniondale that won best male soloist??



Hastings517 on Apr 28, 2014, 5:19 PM
Post #144
+1
Just spoke with our director during lunch- Hastings was .5 points from best overall combo. We were tied with Mt Zion for final points. Final scores did not include band- if band points were included, Hastings would have edged Mt Zion for the cup. However, since it was a tie, they asked the judges to rank the choirs. 3 ranked Mt Zion for first and only 2 ranked Hastings for first. Hence, how the opinion of one judge could have swayed the outcome either way. Such a close competition!!



wcpoet on Apr 28, 2014, 5:09 PM
Post #143
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QUOTE (Hastings517 @ Apr 28 2014, 04:39 PM) *


How the top 2 worked out to be the way they are:

Hastings band had the edge on Mt Zion's band by .5 points ... However, band points were not a factor in the final score. Hastings and Mt Zion were tied overall for points without band included. The tie breaker went to the judges' rankings, and it ended up being that one more judge ranked Mt Zion in 1st than Hastings. Thus, the outcome.



So close!!! But does anyone have scores/point totals for the entire division? I think that would be VERY interesting to look at. Overall, I think everyone was amazing - an amazing end to an amazing season. Until we all meet again in 2015...




emmaoelkers1 on Apr 27, 2014, 11:48 PM
Post #141
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QUOTE (kayla. @ Apr 27 2014, 11:13 PM) *

The point difference between Mt. Zion and Hastings was .5 points.
Very close competition. Congrats to all groups that competed!



That was actually just the band points! We don't know the actual score points, yet.


K

kayla. on Apr 27, 2014, 11:13 PM
Post #140
 
The point difference between Mt. Zion and Hastings was .5 points.
Very close competition. Congrats to all groups that competed!


L

Lucascallahan on Apr 27, 2014, 6:01 PM
Post #139
+1
They did some weird thing with the points, because originally if they were going by points we got 9th place but they took the point amount and gave us rankings, and that at least knocked us down don't know if it did that to the other groups or not



36kap36 on Apr 27, 2014, 4:29 PM
Post #138
+2
And with this I think we can put a cap on the incredible weird and amazing year of show choir that we had! I'm glad we all got to experience this awesome thing we do



AGCT11 on Apr 27, 2014, 3:46 PM
Post #137
 


QUOTE (randy14 @ Apr 27 2014, 03:34 PM) *

Does anyone know the point totals?


Just about to ask that


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corn_man on Apr 27, 2014, 3:34 PM
Post #136
+2
Does anyone know the point totals?



Addicted2Swingers on Apr 27, 2014, 9:47 AM
Post #135
+3
Congrats to Mt. Zion!!! Their show was so, so, so much fun this year, and the kids delivered a very clean, exuberant, and kind performance. Happy to see them end up on top at the end of the year



yankee96 on Apr 27, 2014, 5:07 AM
Post #134
+1
Best Male Stage Presence: Sean Purdy Twinsburg
Best Female Stage Presence: Shanna Jae See Mt. Zion


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214griffin on Apr 27, 2014, 4:44 AM
Post #133
+2
I would like to throw out a congratulations to Petal for making it this far!!! Guys y'all are awesome and to go from missing finals a few times last year to making it all the way to Fame nationals this year is an incredible feat!! I've always been a big fan!!
Also, again, WAY TO GO KEVIN!!!




JWill on Apr 27, 2014, 3:51 AM
Post #132
 


QUOTE (Gustopher @ Apr 27 2014, 02:54 AM) *


Calling McCormick Place/the Arie Crown Theater accessible by public transport is an actual joke. 30 minutes walking from the nearest L stop...




Actually there is a Metra train stop right at McCormick Place (line that starts at Millennium Park.) Unfortunately they don't stop there unless there are people waiting to be picked up. As I found out when the train buzzed past it and I had to get out at the next stop in the middle of nowhere and had to walk/run back to McCormick to catch ALA.




Gustopher on Apr 27, 2014, 2:54 AM
Post #131
+5
What a day. I originally was going with a friend but after she got sick, I decided it wasn't worth it to waste the $60 and ended up going by myself. Absolutely do not regret. Although I haven't been around the site much since graduating, I've still been lurking and watching shows on YouTube, and I was recently becoming worried that show choir was growing stale and repetitive.

However, today I had the distinct pleasure of watching 12 (sorry ALA, I didn't get there in time) amazing groups perform 12 completely different shows, with each of those hundreds of singer-dancers performing their hearts out. While this is probably trite, every single choir should be proud of their show today; the competition was absolutely fierce (in the best possible way), and although I probably won't ever make my way back to the show choir world, I leave excited to continue watching the field grow from the comfort of my computer (and the occasional Chicago-area competition).

For what it's worth, my top 6 were:
Hastings (BC, BB)
Lincoln Southwest
Findlay (BV)
Mt. Zion
Uniondale
Twinsburg

but I have absolutely no objection to the results - it honestly could have gone so many different ways. Some more random thoughts below:

Hastings - TURN UP. Oh wait, you already did. The energy throughout the whole show, particularly the second half (THAT CLOSER), was absolutely stellar, especially considering that your choreo still remained clean and your vocals were still great.

Brea - You guys are just fantastic performers; it's hard to believe that the same group sang that beautiful acapella and then had that fierce intensity 10 seconds later (this is not meant as snark, but I can't think of a way to word it better). Great, great singing.

Uniondale - Hopefully you know this already, but you brought the house down. Your show was just so incredibly fun to watch because everyone could tell you were having the time of your lives, and I really hope it makes it on YouTube sometime soon so I can keep jammin' with it.

Calling McCormick Place/the Arie Crown Theater accessible by public transport is an actual joke. 30 minutes walking from the nearest L stop...

Shoutout to the nice Davenport Central mom who hung out with me for the whole afternoon session!

Well, that's all from me. Congratulations again to every group, and thank you for a wonderful day. Talk to y'all in 3 years!




Bae on Apr 27, 2014, 1:37 AM
Post #130
+2
I'd just like to congratulate my old choir, Davenport Central, on coming in 8th in this great field. Congrats to Mt Zion as well


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