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Feb. 17 Ohio and West Virginia Show Choir Preview

This week sees a variety of exciting competitions throughout Ohio and West Virginia - read on to find out more about them!

Olentangy Keynote Classic  

Large Mixed - ETC “The All Americans,” Marion Harding “Harding Singers,” Fairfield “Choraliers,” Beavercreek “Friends,” Loveland “By Request” 

Small Mixed - Milton-Union “Center Stage,” Whitehall-Yearling “Music Unlimited,” Pike “Encores” 

Single-Gender - ETC “Rouge,” Marion Harding “Singers Xtreme,” Pike “Mystiques,” Fairfield “Pure Elegance,” Loveland “Allure” 

Middle School - Jackson “Spark of Class,” Grant “Prexie Singers,” ETC “Main Street Singers,” Beavercreek “Entourage,” Fairfield “Rhythm Express,” Loveland “Revolution” 

ETC is on a roll this season, getting a statement win in late January against Loveland and Hurricane at Northrop and then another major win against Solon at Twinsburg last weekend. This weekend, they will have another tough test, going up against Loveland (again) and Fairfield. Loveland hasn’t competed since Northrop (though they did perform in exhibition at their Showfest competition), meaning they’ve had weeks to improve their show, and Fairfield is coming off of a fourth-place finish at Homestead (under Findlay, Huntington North, and Carroll). Beavercreek is a school to watch here, as they are on a streak of two podium placements and are in contention to beat a major group here to earn a top three placement. Marion Harding, meanwhile, will also look to have a good finish as they begin the latter half of their competition season. 

Small Mixed and Single-Gender are also interesting divisions. Whitehall-Yearling is making their competitive debut for the season, and they will be going up against Ohio small mixed stalwart Milton-Union, who is over a month into their season. They will also be going against Pike, traveling to this competition from Indiana, who look to place well after their podium finish at Edgewood. Single-Gender, meanwhile, features most of the major Ohio womens groups, with ETC Rouge, which beat multiple mixed groups last weekend at Twinsburg, looking to extend their streak of Single-Gender wins. It won’t come easy, as they face off against Loveland and Fairfield’s womens groups, as well as Pike’s womens group coming in from Indiana and Marion Harding’s mens group. Still, it should be an exciting competition across all divisions, and it is certainly one to watch this weekend. 

Medina Midwest Showcase  

Large Mixed - Mayfield “Limited Edition,” Grove City “Touch of Class,” Solon “Music In Motion,” Findlay “First Edition” 

Small Mixed - Elgin “Energizers,” Ada “Varsity Singers,” Twinsburg “Great Expectations,” Garfield Heights “Music Express,” Martinsburg “Good Times” 

Womens Division - Twinsburg “Blue Harmony,” Grove City “Class Act” 

Middle School - RB Chamberlain “RBC Singers” 

Despite its small size, this competition still looks to pack a punch, particularly in the Small and Large Mixed divisions. In Large Mixed, Mayfield enters on a hot streak of two finals placements and will look to increase that to three here. They will be going up against Grove City, who haven’t competed since their second place finish at Findlay to Solon, who finished second to ETC last weekend at Twinsburg. The rematch between these groups promises to be exciting, as Solon looks to bounce back while Grove City looks to flip the script. Both groups will face an uphill battle against Ohio titan Findlay, who are coming off of a win at Homestead’s massive competition. Right now, Findlay is the favorite to win this competition, but look for Grove City or Solon to try and pull off the upset. 

Small Mixed also promises to be an exciting division to watch, as Twinsburg looks to continue their success as a small group. They won’t have an easy time, however, as they will be going up against consistent finalist Garfield Heights and historically successful Martinsburg, both of whom are looking for top placements in the division here. They will be joined by Ada and Elgin, who will be looking to upset one of these top groups. In addition, there will likely be finals spots on the line in the Small Mixed division, making the competition that much more intense. The final competitive division is the womens division, which features a matchup between Twinsburg and Grove City’s womens groups, which should prove interesting to see. 

Poca MusicFest 

Large Mixed - Robert C. Byrd “Vocal Intensity,” Huntington “Illusions,” Cosby “Spotlight” 

Middle Mixed - Herbert Hoover “High Impact,” Nitro “Showcats,” Winfield “General Admission,” Portsmouth “Expressions” 

Small Mixed - Ripley “Phoenix Blue,” Sissonville “Touch of Class,” St. Clairsville “St. C Singers,” Teays Valley “Prominent Rendition” 

Womens Division - Cabell Midland “Rhythm In Red,” Nitro “Sophisticats,” Teays Valley “Glamorous Edition,” Winfield “Emerald Elegance,” Cosby “Rhapsody”  

West Virginia’s only competition this weekend looks to be an exciting one! Cosby, one of Virginia’s top groups, is making the trek to Poca to start their season, where they will look to extend their winning streak, currently at three. They will face Robert C. Byrd, who failed to make finals at Loveland this past weekend, and Huntington, coming off of a finals placement at Capital. Middle Mixed will feature several of West Virginia’s best groups in that division, with Nitro, Herbert Hoover, and Winfield going head to head in a battle of West Virginia small group titans. 

Small Mixed at this competition features Ripley continuing their return season, as well as Sissonville, who are three-for-three on finals appearances this year at some tough competitions for Small Mixed groups, Teays Valley, and St. Clairsville. Finally, the womens division features a showdown between several good small womens groups, including Nitro, Cabell Midland, Winfield, and Cosby, who are probably the largest group in this division. 

And with that, the fields for this weekend are set! These competitions should be exciting to watch, so make sure to keep an eye on HomeRoom Show Choir for coverage of these and all the other competitions happening around the nation. 

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