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 Show Choir Community > Events > 2019 Season > Heart of America Orlando 2019

Event Info

March 23rd, 2019

Venue Info

Hilton Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs
1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Phone: (407) 827-4000

Event Details

No. of Attending Choirs:

  6 Mixed Groups
  5 Womens Groups
  2 Mens Groups
  1 Middle School Groups


  Danville "Delegation"


  Damon Brown

  Rich Taylor

  Pete Eklund

  Mike Weaver

  Annette Layman

  Marty Lindvahl

  Mark Lindvahl

Ticket Prices:

$60 At Door


Heart of America Orlando 2019

Event Site
Live Stream



 Amazing Technicolor Show Choir
 Westside High School
Grand Champion 
Best Vocals 
Best Band 
Best Show Design 

 Swingers Unlimited
 Marysville High School
First Runner Up 
Best Choreography 
Best Crew 
Best Costumes 

 By Request
 Loveland High School
Second Runner Up 

 Ankeny Centennial High School
3rd Runner Up 

 Shepherd Hill Regional High School
4th Runner Up 

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

 Knight Moves
 Norwell High School

Single-Gender Division


 Knight Stars
 Norwell High School
First Place 
Best Vocals 

 Loveland High School
Second Place 
Best Choreography 

 Shepherd Hill Regional High School
Third Place 
Best Female Soloist (Anya Grondalski) 

 Tupelo High School
4th Place 

 Danville High School
5th Place 


 Danville High School
No Placement 

 Shepherd Hill Regional High School
No Placement 
Best Male Soloist (Gavin Tarnowski) 

Middle School Division

 Clinton Junior High School

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Ehlinton on Mar 24, 2019, 4:49 PM
Post #83
The Clinton Ambassadors actually received Grand Champions of the Jr. High division not second place.


goinggray on Mar 24, 2019, 1:27 PM
Post #82
As one of the judges of the competition last night, I want to say a few things and thank some people.
First, the finalists last night were ALL FIRE!! All 5 shows (plus the awesome command performance by Norwell) were simply amazing in different and thrilling ways. Terrific bands, mesmerizing choreography, and vocals that were totally from the heart. Every group was an absolute pleasure to judge, and every group I did day clinics with represented their schools tremendously well....pure class!

Secondly, the judges were all laughing about this, but it may have been the most combined years of experience by a panel of judges in the history of show choir (in other words, we're all OOOOOOOLD!!!) Rich Taylor, Pete Eklund, Mike Weaver, Annete Layman, Marty and Mark Lindvahl and myself). But as we laughed about our gray hair, bald spots and tightening muscles, we also chatted about how we all still love ANY style of music when it's done well, and as it was over and over again last night. Hip-Hop, YES! Rap sections, YES! Heavy rock with blasting electric guitar solos, HECK YES! Great music is great music, and we loved every minute of last night's journey!!

Third, we're so thankful at Thirst Project for the support the audience gave our mission of giving dying people clean water. Last night, nearly $2,300 was raised at one competition, making HOA competitions responsible for nearly FIVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS of donations to saving lives through the gift of clean water this year alone! Our first HOA well will be drilled in the nation of eSwatini this fall

Finally, to the hard-working team at HOA, thank you! Chad and Andersen and Bobby and the Semlers and the entire team at all locations......what a great event! Great sound, great treatment of everyone attending, and great friends. You've all earned a few weeks of sleeping in, laying by a pool and sipping a pina colada. You guys run top-notch events, and it was an honor to be a part of it.

To everyone who participated, I hope the journey was fun, the judging was constructive, and that you all have had a great time at the Disney area. God bless to all for a remarkable weekend! Damon Brown

Jared. on Mar 24, 2019, 4:09 AM (Edited)
Post #81
Congrats and amazing job to everyone and especially (get ready, my alumni bias is about to come out) my babies down at Shepherd Hill. You guys are amazing, love you long time. So glad you get to share your art with the rest of the world!!!


KRKS on Mar 24, 2019, 1:55 AM
Post #77
GC: Omaha Westside (BV)
1st Runner Up: Marysville (BC)
2nd Runner Up: Loveland
3rd Runner Up: Ankeny
4th Runner Up: Shepherd Hill

Best Band: Omaha Westside
Best Crew: Marysville
Best Show Design: Omaha Westside
Best Costumes: Marysville


Colinnn on Mar 24, 2019, 2:00 AM
Post #78


MAX G. on Mar 24, 2019, 2:19 AM
Post #79

LEVIMagnu on Mar 24, 2019, 4:05 AM
Post #80
What I LOVE about big comps like this is seeing big groups from around the nation finally go head to head. It usually gives everyone a big shock and it's so interesting!

Ross H on Mar 24, 2019, 12:04 AM
Post #76
Single Gender Results???

Max noble on Mar 23, 2019, 10:58 PM
Post #70
GC: Loveland “By Request” (BC, BB)
1RU: Omaha Westside “Amazing Technicolor Show Choir” (BV)
2RU: Marysville “Swingers Unlimited”
3RU: Ankeny Centennial “Spectrum”
4RU: Shepherd Hill “Fantasy”

Alex. on Mar 23, 2019, 11:25 PM
Post #74
To clarify: These are predictions.

When we’re so close to finals ending it can be worrisome for most when they see blank placements in the comments so I thought I’d go ahead and deflect any confusion.


Johnathon on Mar 23, 2019, 11:37 PM
Post #75
Lol thanks, I totally thought these were final results

Jared. on Mar 23, 2019, 9:10 PM
Post #60
Prelims placements posted.


ATSCDad66 on Mar 23, 2019, 9:57 PM
Post #63
What were the prelim placements?


ATSCDad66 on Mar 23, 2019, 9:58 PM
Post #64
NVM. I figured it out.

jayleejohnson on Mar 23, 2019, 10:42 PM
Post #66
Why were placements posted when they were never announced by the competition?

ThomasL on Mar 23, 2019, 10:56 PM
Post #68
Jared. is on SCC crew, and he is an alum of Shepherd Hill. My guess is that he has someone on the inside [meaning knows someone currently in Shepherd Hill] who provided him with this insight.

Jared. on Mar 23, 2019, 10:58 PM (Edited)
Post #69

Alex. on Mar 23, 2019, 11:23 PM
Post #73
Let’s just say a few crew members received a message through the site that had placements. I’ve been away from the computer for awhile now so neglected to update it earlier but luckily Jared is awesome and did it. Thanks, Jared!


dwdrummer on Mar 23, 2019, 10:13 PM
Post #65
I’m a newbie here so forgive me if this is a dumb question. Norwell Night Stars won the overall day competition, but they are not competing tonight in the finals, only performing at 9:00 as exhibition. Why is that? Is it because of the size of the group?

juliofrommississippi on Mar 23, 2019, 10:52 PM
Post #67
It looks like they were in a different division, probably the director’s choice. Norwell typically competes in smaller divisions in Indiana. Perhaps they didn’t know that made them ineligible for finals? Just a guess.

Jeff. on Mar 23, 2019, 11:02 PM
Post #71
This is the third HOA event that Norwell has attended and they’ve been in Tier II at all of those competitions which is indeed the directors choice.

ThomasL on Mar 23, 2019, 11:08 PM
Post #72
It looks to me that you are asking about Norwell's girls group. The Single-Gender champion of the day show performs an exhibition show at 9:00 right before final awards are given out; that is how HOA set up the schedule. (Finals consists of the top five mixed tier one groups which is in this case every tier one group.)

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