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 Show Choir Community > Events > 2012 Season > FAME Show Choir National Finals 2012

Event Info

April 21st, 2012

Venue Info

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

Phone: (312) 791-6000

Event Details

No. of Attending Choirs:

  15 Mixed Groups
  7 Womens Groups

Judges: Unknown

Ticket Prices:

Friday, April 20:
$40.00 Premium Seating

Saturday, April 21:
$60.00 Premium Seating

$90.00 Premium Seating


FAME Show Choir National Finals 2012

Event Site
Live Stream

Mixed Division


 The Classics
 Wheaton Warrenville South High School
First Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 
Best Band 
Best Rhythm Section 
Best Male Stage Presence (Mike Restaino) 

 Sound FX
 Los Alamitos High School
Second Place 
Best Diction 
Best Costumes 

 Riverside Company
 Hastings High School
Third Place 
Best Male Sound 
Most Original Selection 

 First Edition
 Findlay High School
4th Place 
FAME Award 

 Mt. Zion High School
5th Place 
Best Male Soloist 

 Elite Energy
 Eisenhower High School
6th Place 
Best Female Stage Presence 

 Brea Olinda High School
7th Place 
Best Crew 

 Center Stage
 Oak Grove High School
8th Place 
Best Horn Section 

 South Jones Jr/Sr High School
9th Place 

 Music Warehouse
 Edgewood High School
10th Place 

 American Leadership Academy
11th Place 

 Crete-Monee High School
12th Place 
Best Female Soloist 

 Papillion-La Vista South High School
13th Place 

 Daniel Hand High School
14th Place 

 Shepherd Hill Regional High School
15th Place 

Womens Division


 Los Alamitos High School
First Place 
Best Female Sound 
Best Show Design 

 Brea Olinda High School
Second Place 

 Crete-Monee High School
Third Place 


 Shepherd Hill Regional High School
No Placement 

 Sophisticated Ladies

 Edgewood High School
No Placement 

 Les Femmes

 Mt. Zion High School
No Placement 


 Jefferson Senior High School
No Placement 

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Hastings517 on May 2, 2012, 12:18 AM
Post #98
I believe that they chose the best male & female sounds out of all of the choirs which competed, not for each division

jbliakos on May 2, 2012, 12:17 AM
Post #97
did they award best female sound in the mixed division or were best male and female sound chosen out of both divisions?

Jeff. on Apr 28, 2012, 4:40 AM (Edited)
Post #96
The FAME website has several press releases regarding choirs that participated in this event. They were really great reads, especially the one regarding Jefferson "Jive". I wasn't aware that this choir had a musical the same day and flew from Chicago back to Minnesota for the musical performance that evening. Sounds crazy, you Jefferson kids are incredible!

I also thought the article from the Hastings Star Gazette was interesting. According to the article, Hastings "Riverside Company" received the following placement rankings from the judges: 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 8. I'm not sure what the placement rankings for WWS "Classics", Los Al "Sound FX", or any other choir for that matter, but from looking at Hastings' rankings, it's possible that Hastings might have received 2nd place if that one judge hadn't given Hastings the "8" outlier placement. I'm not saying that one judge was wrong for having the outlier placement, as I haven't seen Hastings "Riverside Company" this season, not even on YouTube; I merely think it's interesting that six of the judges thought Hastings was a top 3 choir, yet the seventh judge placed Hastings 8th. Truly shows you how subjective show choir really is and how tough of a national championship this must've been!

FAME Website
Jefferson "JIVE" Article
Hastings "Riverside Company" Article


crazychoirmom on Apr 24, 2012, 12:30 AM
Post #95
Kudos to the FAME staff - they pulled off a great event. Was wondering how Friday would go, but it was great to get feedback from the judges, then head back to the hotel for rehearsal to make some changes based on their comments.

As a proud mom, may I say I was blown away by Soundtrax's performance on Saturday?! They really stepped up and blew us away. So proud of my girls for their National Champ win!

Sound FX was amazing, but Wheaton delivered a great show -- congrats to them! Competing against such strong choirs was a privilege for our students. They were thrilled to be in Chicago for such a great opportunity.

Hope to see you next year!


showmom05 on Apr 23, 2012, 4:12 AM (Edited)
Post #94
JWill...thank you so much.

Jeff. on Apr 23, 2012, 3:55 AM
Post #93

QUOTE (Patrickmon @ Apr 23 2012, 03:41 AM) *

Question, which qualifier did Eisenhower attend?

I looked on their choir page and the record doesn't have them attending any?

They went to the second FAME Orlando which technically hasn't been made into an event yet, which is probably why it doesn't show up when you looked for it. They placed 4th to Mt.Z, Jackson Prep, and Findlay at FAME Orlando #2.

Patrick on Apr 23, 2012, 3:41 AM
Post #92
Question, which qualifier did Eisenhower attend?

I looked on their choir page and the record doesn't have them attending any?

JWill on Apr 22, 2012, 8:35 PM
Post #91

QUOTE (showmom05 @ Apr 22 2012, 03:48 PM) *

Can someone please tell where to get the DVDs? Thanks!

Fame's website. with no space between show and choirs.


EHS-MW-94 on Apr 22, 2012, 7:56 PM
Post #90

QUOTE (spraggy_ @ Apr 22 2012, 04:53 AM) *

The rest of the results:

7: Brea Olinda
8: Oak Grove
9: South Jones
10: Edgewood
11: American Leadership Academy
12: Crete
13: Papillion South
14: Daniel Hand
15: Shepherd Hill

Having never been to a Nationals competition, I wonder about the spread of points. I would imagine that when you have so many top choirs that it would be fairly close... But I don't know.

Regardless, after the year the Edgewood kids have had, I'm proud they made it there and I know the community feels the same way.


showmom05 on Apr 22, 2012, 3:48 PM
Post #89
Can someone please tell where to get the DVDs? Thanks!

JWill on Apr 22, 2012, 3:43 PM
Post #88
My point by point Wizard of Oz comparison:

Vocals: Los Al
Choreo: Wheaton
Band: Wheaton
Costumes: Los Al
Set design: Los Al
Opener: Los Al
Ballad: Los Al (absolutely incredible)
Closer: Wheaton
Dorothy: Tie
Scarecrow: Wheaton
Tinman: Wheaton
Lion: Wheaton
Monkeys: Los Al
Jitterbugs: Wheaton (I think those were jitterbugs.)
Wizard: Los Al (uncontested)
Good Witch: Los Al (uncontested)
Wicked Witch: Los Al
Wicked Witch's death: Wheaton
Energy: Wheaton
Ruby slippers: Los Al
Clicking of the Ruby slippers: Wheaton
Overall: Tie (judges preference absolutely decided this.)

JWill on Apr 22, 2012, 3:28 PM
Post #87

QUOTE (Kyle-By-Request @ Apr 22 2012, 12:45 PM) *

Yes judges please!!

Nancy Allen
Sandy Cordes
Stacie Craig
Annette Layman
Terry Voss
Tom Westfall
Mike Weaver

Kyle-By-Request on Apr 22, 2012, 12:45 PM
Post #86
Yes judges please!!

wcpoet on Apr 22, 2012, 8:16 AM
Post #85
Who were the judges??? Does anyone know??

JordanJae505 on Apr 22, 2012, 6:43 AM
Post #84
My mind has been blown. I was at Fame LA, and I absolutely fell in love with California show choir and learned exactly what a truly wonderful thing it is. My few notes about this whole deal:

No one get offended by this please, because both groups are extremely wonderful and I love them both to death, but I'm happy that Soundtrax finally took the front of the pack because they were truly amazing at Hollywood(or Thousand Oaks, since that's actually where it was ;)), and I really wanted them to win it there as well as at Nationals. Great job to Brea Olinda, you all are truly wonderful people.

I'm undecided about how I feel on Wheaton Warrenville winning. I've seen bits and pieces of their show, and what I saw was not nearly as impressive as last year, at least for me. However, there is no doubt in my mind that they are an incredible group of men and women to go out and perform this show with their whole life and then some. I'm was blown away by Los Alamitos at Hollywood (SoundFX, you guys are now my alltime favorite show choir (: ), and I just can't imagine a show that beats opening with Smells Like Teen Spirit as the most haunting and impacting opener I've ever seen. It's honestly my favorite show of the whole season and one of the best shows I've seen come out of a high school in years. However, kudos to both groups for an amazing job well done, can't wait until next week when I get paid and can buy the DVD of all of the choirs and watch this for myself, and see both groups compete at the same place for once. (:

All in all, I'm very proud of the world of show choir for really turning into something beautiful and inspiring so many people to follow their dreams and reach beyond the talent they thought they had. I cannot wait to become a choral director and inspire people in this very same way. I love you show choir! (:

spraggy_ on Apr 22, 2012, 4:53 AM
Post #83
The rest of the results:

7: Brea Olinda
8: Oak Grove
9: South Jones
10: Edgewood
11: American Leadership Academy
12: Crete
13: Papillion South
14: Daniel Hand
15: Shepherd Hill

Mr. Temple on Apr 22, 2012, 3:58 AM
Post #82

QUOTE (thewaterotter9 @ Apr 22 2012, 02:59 AM) *

Results at the top of the page for those who have missed them! (Not saying Jeff did when he posted this )

You'll have to trust me that they weren't there when I posted that...

Get_Ready0203 on Apr 22, 2012, 3:51 AM
Post #81

QUOTE (JWill @ Apr 22 2012, 03:34 AM) *

I believe show design was Los Al mixed.

It was the Single-Gender, I remember being surprised and looked up to see if it was them and they were accepting the award.

JWill on Apr 22, 2012, 3:34 AM
Post #80

QUOTE (Get_Ready0203 @ Apr 22 2012, 02:58 AM) *

Best Crew: Brea Olinda
Best Horn: Oak Grove
Best Rhythm Section: Wheaton Warrenville
Best Diction: Los Alamitos
Best Female Sound: Los Alamitos sound trax
Best Male Sound: Hastings
Mos original selection: jungle monkey Hastings
Best Costumes: Los Alamitos Sound FX
Best Show Design: Los Alamitos Sound Trax
Best Combo: Wheaton Warrenville
Fame Award: Findlay
Best Male Solo: Mount Zion Clint Gibbons
Best Female Solo: Crete Monee.. Sorry didn't get the name
Best Female Stage Presence: Eisenhower Miranda Brown
Best Male Stage Presence: Wheaton Warrenville Mike ____

2RU: Crete Monee Faces
1RU:Brea Olinda Spellbound
GC: Los Alamitos Sound Trax

5RU: Eisenhower
4RU: Mt. Zion
3RU: Findlay
2RU: Hastings
1RU: Los Alamitos
GC: Wheaton Warrenville (BV, BC)

I believe show design was Los Al mixed.

thewaterotter9 on Apr 22, 2012, 2:59 AM
Post #79

QUOTE (Mr. Temple @ Apr 22 2012, 02:44 AM) *

No results yet? Are they not "Fame Fast" at this event?

Results at the top of the page for those who have missed them! (Not saying Jeff did when he posted this )

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