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 Show Choir Community > Events > 2016 Season > UNL Midwest Cup 2016

Event Info

January 16th, 2016

Venue Info

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lied Center for the Performing Arts
301 N. 12th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588

Phone: (402) 472-4700

Event Details

No. of Attending Choirs:

  13 Mixed Groups
  4 Womens Groups


  UNL "Big Red Singers"


  Jennifer Randall

  Dayle Johnson

  David Fog

  Ryan Pivonka

  Jody White

Ticket Prices:

$7 Single-Gender/Prep
$13 Tier I, Tier II, & Finals


UNL Midwest Cup 2016

Event Site
Live Stream



 Lincoln Southwest High School
Grand Champion 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 
Best Band 

 Elkhorn South High School
First Runner Up 

 14 Karat Gold
 Grand Island Northwest High School
Second Runner Up 
Best Male Soloist 
Best Female Soloist 

 Lincoln East High School
3rd Runner Up 

 Norris High School
4th Runner Up 

 Free Spirit
 Papillion-La Vista High School
5th Runner Up 
Sportsmanship Award 

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


 Seward High School
First Place 

 Purple Reign
 Deshler High School
Second Place 

Womens Division


 Elkhorn South High School
First Place 

 Lincoln East High School
Second Place 

 Mercy High School
Third Place 

 Heart and Soul
 Papillion-La Vista High School
4th Place 

Prep Division


 Lincoln Southwest High School
First Place 

 Power Surge
 Elkhorn South High School
Second Place 

 In Motion
 Papillion-La Vista High School
Third Place 

 68th Street Singers
 Norris High School
4th Place 

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yankee96 on Jan 18, 2016, 8:39 PM (Edited)
Post #34
Here are the prelims point totals for the top 6 groups.

Total Vocals Choreography Group
625 230 161 Lincoln Southwest "Resonance"
621 235 155 Lincoln East "Express"
597 228 152 Papillion-La Vista "Free Spirit"
591 220 152 Elkhorn South "Blackout"
586 218 150 Grand Island Northwest "14 Karat Gold"
582 217 147 Norris "Gold"

As you can see, prelims looked a lot different than finals did placement wise. I don't have the consensus rankings for finals, however, I think it's fairly obvious how tight the scoring was between the lower 5 groups. In summation, don't let the finals placements affect your overall thoughts on each group, as some of these groups had outstanding and pleasantly surprising showings that weren't reflected in the final outcome.

RezShowChoir on Jan 17, 2016, 4:37 AM
Post #33
Wow! Nice job Resonance! Congrats to all groups!

yankee96 on Jan 17, 2016, 4:32 AM
Post #32
GC: Lincoln Southwest (BV/BC)
1RU: Elkhorn South
2RU: Grand Island Northwest
3RU: Lincoln East
4RU: Norris
5RU: Papillion-La Vista (Big Red Singers Sportsmanship award)

I will post full prelims and finals scores later on.

RezShowChoir on Jan 17, 2016, 3:27 AM
Post #31
Need some updates! How's everyone looking in finals? Are they on time? Any predictions after seeing shows in the daytime?

yankee96 on Jan 17, 2016, 12:22 AM
Post #30
Finals in order:
Lincoln East
Lincoln Southwest
Papillion-La Vista
Grand Island Northwest
Elkhorn South

Best male and female soloists (names to come): Grand Island Northwest
Best Band: Lincoln Southwest Resonance

1. Seward
2. Deshler

yankee96 on Jan 16, 2016, 5:58 PM
Post #29

1: Elkhorn South
2: Lincoln East
3: Mercy


1: Lincoln Southwest
2: Elkhorn South
3: Papillion-La Vista

yankee96 on Jan 16, 2016, 6:36 AM (Edited)
Post #28
Hey guys!! As I have to be up in ******4.5****** hours, I will make this short. First of all, we are so excited to host close to 1,000 kids here on campus tomorrow and can't wait to share in an awesome day of music and energy!. If you'd like, you can follow the Midwest Cup instagram @unlmidwestcup for updates and for insta competitions that we will be having throughout the day. I'll try to keep as updated here as possible, but you can also follow me on twitter @greengiantzz96.

Nick Hoeven on Jan 15, 2016, 2:56 AM (Edited)
Post #27

QUOTE (Rezshow choir @ Jan 14 2016, 04:48 PM) *

Nick, saw your show last night and thought you guys were awesome (especially for it being so early in the season before competitions).

I think SW will be 1 or 2 here based on what I saw last night (School bias with no knowledge of other groups this season). Good luck to all groups.

Thank you for coming! I hope your predictions are correct, but, I'm no judge, so I cant say anything until we see how Saturday pans out! Hope it wasn't too sweet for ya last night

RezShowChoir on Jan 14, 2016, 4:48 PM
Post #26
Nick, saw your show last night and thought you guys were awesome (especially for it being so early in the season before competitions).

I think SW will be 1 or 2 here based on what I saw last night (School bias with no knowledge of other groups this season). Good luck to all groups.

Nick Hoeven on Jan 13, 2016, 4:50 AM
Post #25
Certainly extremely excited to see what happens here this weekend. Nebraska show choir will forever be getting better and better every single year, so it's extremely hard to predict. Good luck everybody!


college on Jan 12, 2016, 6:52 PM
Post #24
GC: Southwest (BV/BB)
1st RU: Elkhorn South (BC)
2nd RU: Lincoln East
4th RU: PipIllion La Vista
5th RU: Norris

I could see any of the bottom 3 go in any order, but this is what I'd guess. I hear Southwest is awesome this year, but it seems like everyone thinks Elkhorn will give them a run for their money.

Carly Fox on Jan 12, 2016, 5:21 PM
Post #23
Hey there!

GC: Elkhorn South (BB/BV/BC)
1st RU: Lincoln Southwest
2nd RU: Lincon East
3rd RU: Papillion La Vista
4TH RU: Grand Island Northwest
5th RU: Norris

I can already tell by seeing Bkackout's premiere, that this will be a good year for them. Their show is already amazing this early in the season.


jshaffer on Jan 12, 2016, 5:56 AM
Post #22
These are all very good predictions! Grand Island NW shouldn't be counted out though, I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining they were and I saw a major improvement from previous years.

rkhazanchi544 on Jan 12, 2016, 3:21 AM (Edited)
Post #21
GC: Elkhorn South (BC)
1RU: Lincoln Southwest (BV, BB)
2RU: Lincoln East
3RU: Papio La-Vista
4RU: Grand Island Northwest
5RU: Norris

edit: Switched Lincoln Southwest and Lincoln East, gave Southwest vocals in addition to best band. Also, I've been hearing that Southwest KILLED it, so it'll be interesting to see if they could move their way up to the GC spot...

Super excited for all of these Nebraska groups to represent us well! Essentially all of these groups could switch around (higher or lower), but I'm most confident in Elkhorn South, with their high energy shows and sensational choreography, to take home the GC here. That being said, there are a lot of wild card groups that could definitely shock some people with the quality of their performances. Should be a super interesting competition!

Carly Fox on Jan 12, 2016, 1:58 AM
Post #20
I feel like Blackout's vocals are being way underestimated this year. When I saw them at their premiere, their vocals were fantastic!

alexgib05 on Jan 12, 2016, 1:14 AM
Post #19
Holy moly there's a lot of predictions for this one. Mine will probably be wrong but oh well.

GC: Elkhorn South (BC, BB)
1RU: Lincoln Southwest (BV)
2RU: Lincoln East
3RU: Papillion-La Vista
4RU: Norris
5RU: Grand Island Northwest


Paigeyvernon on Jan 12, 2016, 12:11 AM (Edited)
Post #18
GC : Blackout, BB, BC
1RU: Free Spirit BV
2RU: Resonance
3RU: Express
4RU: 14 Karat Gold
5RU: Norris Gold

wow wow wow! I am so sad that I am not attending this event this year! I had so much competing through the years and I'm so sad I can't come see these groups, BUT Free Spirit is for real on the rise this year it's awesome. Blackout is amazing as usual and I have heard great things about all the other groups. best of luck to all who are competing!

Parker Christensen on Jan 11, 2016, 9:10 PM
Post #17

GC: Elkhorn South (BC, BB)
1RU: Lincoln Southwest (BV)
2RU: Lincoln East
3RU: Papillion La-Vista
4RU: Grand Island NW
5RU: Norris

Unfortunately I haven't seen many of these groups yet, but I am very interested to see how each group stacks up against one another. Last week I got the pleasure of seeing Lincoln East and Grand Island NW, and I was impressed with both. Both groups had an enjoyable show to watch and were strong choreographically, especially GINW's guys. I have sadly not seen Blackout yet, but I have heard great things from their premiere and performance at Ankeny. Their show last season was one of my favorites and I'm sure they will be great again this year, and their results last week tell me that is correct. I feel like Papillion La-Vista is a group on the rise, as they narrowly missed finals at Crystal Cup last year and Ben Eklund being their choreographer certainly helps as well. This was such a hard competition to predict, but I wish everyone the best!! Have fun to those competing and attending

juliofrommississippi on Jan 11, 2016, 7:50 PM
Post #16
Oh geez, I have no idea. These are so random haha:

GC: Lincoln Southwest
1RU: Elkhorn South
2RU: Lincoln East
3RU: Norris
4RU: Grand Island Northwest
5RU: Papillion-La Vista

BV: Lincoln Southwest
BC: Elkhorn South
BB: Lincoln Southwest

starkid_wheeler on Jan 11, 2016, 7:27 PM
Post #15

GC - Elkhorn South (BB) (BC)
1RU - Lincoln Southwest (BV)
2RU - Lincoln East
3RU - Grand Island Northwest
4RU - Papillion La Vista
5RU - Norris

I haven't seen a lot of these groups this year, but simply based on last year and the groups that competed last week, these are my prediction. Blackout leaving with Grand Champion is the only one that I'm positive about... I would be surprised if another group got it. Lincoln East has amazing vocals, so I wouldn't say their position is fixed at 2RU either... I've also heard great things about Papio!

Good luck everyone! Don't forget to have fun; after all, that matters way more than a trophy in end

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