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  Show Choir Community    Events    2023 Season    Joplin In The Spotlight 2023

Event Info

February 3rd-4th, 2023

Venue Info

Joplin High School
Coulter Auditorium, Performing Arts Center
2014 Indiana Ave.
Joplin, MO 64804

Phone: (417) 625-5230

Event Details

No. of Attending Choirs:

  14 Mixed Groups
  7 Treble Groups
  3 Bass Groups
  9 Middle School Groups


  Joplin "Sound Dimension"
  Joplin "Touch of Class"


  Rene Spencer

  Mike Pierson

  Eric Eichenberger

  Courtney Wright

  Zachary Pettit (critique)

  Lauren Eakes Loving (critique [middle school])

  Spencer Jones (critique [high school])


Ticket prices unknown.


Joplin In The Spotlight 2023

Event Site
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 Tiger Rhythm
 Broken Arrow High School
Grand Champion 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 
Best Band 
Best Show Design 
Best Costumes 

 Neosho High School
First Runner Up 

 Bella Vocé
 Webb City High School
Second Runner Up 
Best Crew 

 Carthage Senior High School
3rd Runner Up 
Best Ballad 

 Jenks High School
4th Runner Up 
Best Closer 
Best Soloist (Anabel White) 

 Webb City High School
5th Runner Up 
Best Opener 

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


 Hillside Singers
 Pleasant Hill High School
First Place 
Judge's Choice (Karen Dollins) 

 Soundsational Singers
 Nevada High School
Second Place 

 Rhapsody n' Rhythm
 McDonald County High School
Third Place 
Best Soloist (Jaxen Campbell) 

Mixed Division - Tier III


 Vocal Motion
 Mt. Vernon High School
First Place 

 Blue Harmony
 Hollister High School
Second Place 

 Patriot Singers
 East Newton High School
Third Place 

 Jive Tribe
 Seneca High School
4th Place 

Treble Division


 Bella Vocé
 Webb City High School
First Place 

 Suite Sounds
 Carthage Senior High School
Second Place 

 Tiger Mystique
 Broken Arrow High School
Third Place 

 Treble Effects
 Nevada High School
4th Place 

 Hilltop Harmony
 Pleasant Hill High School
5th Place 

 Sugar & Spice
 Neosho High School
6th Place 

 Trojan Spirit
 Jenks High School
7th Place 

Bass Division


 Pleasant Hill High School
First Place 

 Neosho High School
Second Place 

 Webb City High School
Third Place 

Prep Division


 Vocal Fusion
 Nevada High School
First Place 

 Tiger Momentum
 Broken Arrow Freshman Academy
Second Place 

Middle School Division


 Sound Machine
 Carthage Junior High School
First Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Soloist 

 Wildcat Singers
 Neosho Junior High School
Second Place 
Best Choreography 
Best Band 
Best Soloist 

 Webb City Junior High School
Third Place 

 Webb City Junior High School
4th Place 

 Future Sounds
 Nevada Middle School
5th Place 

 Tiger Fever

 Oneta Ridge Middle School
No Placement 

 Tiger Valor

 Centennial Middle School
No Placement 

 Tiger Legacy

 Broken Arrow Sequoyah Middle School
No Placement 

 New Sounds

 Joplin Middle Schools
No Placement 

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KSinOK on Feb 9, 2023, 3:49 PM
Post #34
I would like some input regarding the placement of Tiger Monentum in Second place at Jopin last weekend. They scored more points than their competitor (vocal fusion) but were not rewarded for their performance, hard work, hours of practice and dedication. How do the judges justify not rewarding a higher score and a superior performance with the first place trophy?


BACooperElli26 on Feb 10, 2023, 2:22 PM (Edited)
Post #36

Will. on Feb 10, 2023, 4:49 PM
Post #37
This comp has just been a magnet for controversy this year between this supposed placing discrepancy and the rumored disqualifications. Missouri is wild this year.

ZacharyPettit on Feb 11, 2023, 12:53 AM
Post #38
1. What we’re not gonna do is come in here and degrade any group. Every student that takes the stage has dedicated their time and talents.

2. I can understand how there is confusion looking at raw scores compared the the placements. However, this competition uses consensus judging. Essentially, each judge’s raw score is converted into a “vote” for a specific placement in that group’s division. This ensures that each judge gets an equal say in the overall results. If, for instance, one judge swings wildly in points from group to group where the others have a tighter span of points, a raw score is only then reflective of his score rather than the collective whole. I have not personally examined every nuance of the judging results, but my assumption is that a majority of judges ranked Vocal Fusion above Tiger Momentum, but one individual judge may have swung so far in favor of TM that the raw scores are misleading.

Jeff. on Feb 11, 2023, 10:14 AM
Post #39
It's a great point by Zachary. And not necessarily specific to Joplin, but show choir leadership in general fails the average audience member immensely by not simply explaining these things. It wouldn't even take 30 seconds in the final awards ceremony to acknowledge the contest's scoring system. If some contests can spend 5 minutes doing "shout-outs" while waiting for the group to perform, then they can take a moment to acknowledge points, points to rank, or consensus rank. It's important to continuously educate the show choir community as the audience is a revolving door as kids graduate and new parents/kids get involved in the activity.


KSinOK on Feb 13, 2023, 12:18 PM
Post #40
I did not degrade any group; I called out a simple fact.
Sharing this information regarding consensus judging with the audience at live performances would be very helpful and would help eliminate confusion, when at the end of a competition, all we spectators CAN do is speculate. The lack of transparency in your judging style fosters confusion. Plus, knowing that the judging is subjective, we can all set our expectations accordingly. Minimally, a review of judging at each performance should be standard policy and it would be even more helpful to post an example of a blank judging evaluation form.

ZacharyPettit on Feb 5, 2023, 3:01 PM
Post #32
Saturday Prelim Results:

1. Nevada
2. Broken Arrow

1. Webb City
2. Carthage
3. Broken Arrow

1. Pleasant Hill
2. Neosho
3. Webb City

1. Mt. Vernon
2. Hollister
3. East Newton

1. Pleasant Hill
2. Nevada
3. McDonald County

1. Broken Arrow
2. Carthage
3. Neosho

Opener: Webb City Singers
Ballad: Carthage Soundwave
Closer: Jenks Trojanaires
Costumes: Broken Arrow Tiger Rhythm
Show Deisgn: Broken Arrow Tiger Rhythm
-Jaxen Campbell (McDonald County)
- Jenks Trojanaires (sorry, I didn’t catch her name)


kszabo on Feb 9, 2023, 4:16 PM
Post #35
Jenks Trojanaires Best Female Soloist - Anabel White


jack.haidens on Feb 5, 2023, 1:09 AM
Post #19
Pleasant Hill High School choirs were disqualified from this event.

Häakon on Feb 5, 2023, 1:11 AM
Post #20
Care to elaborate?


jack.haidens on Feb 5, 2023, 1:16 AM
Post #21
Destruction of property

Will. on Feb 5, 2023, 1:16 AM
Post #22
Like, all of their choirs?


jack.haidens on Feb 5, 2023, 1:18 AM
Post #23


jack.haidens on Feb 5, 2023, 1:36 AM
Post #25
Phenomenal choir, it is just sad they are unable to realize when it is time to work and not play. Not sure what’s in store for the rest of their season.


Jolynkb420 on Feb 5, 2023, 1:55 AM (Edited)
Post #26
Where did you get this information? I heard some people were playing hack sac and fell into a wall and cracked it. Pleasant hill as a whole also brought home 3 trophies. I don’t think they would have given them trophies if they got disqualified?

ZacharyPettit on Feb 5, 2023, 2:12 AM
Post #27
This is incorrect. Pleasant Hill received no penalty. The slight, accidental damage to a wall has been taken care of and there is no reason for this to even be mentioned. We were happy and proud to host Pleasant Hill’s choirs this weekend at Joplin.


renespencer on Feb 5, 2023, 8:38 PM
Post #33
They were not disqualified. Their director contacted the host and offered to pay for the damage. No disqualification was made.


jenineharrison26 on Feb 5, 2023, 12:57 PM
Post #31
Best Opener Webb City Singers
Best Closer Jenks Trojanaires

Best Female Soloist Jenks Trojanaires


jenineharrison26 on Feb 5, 2023, 12:56 PM
Post #30
Judges Choice - Karen Dollins (Pleasant Hill Show Choir director) for commitment to show choir over the years.


jenineharrison26 on Feb 5, 2023, 12:30 PM (Edited)
Post #29
Best Costumes Broken Arrow TR
Best Show Design Broken Arrow TR

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