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March 2 Ohio Show Choir Preview

While there are only two competitions in Ohio this weekend, they both feature lots of good groups and should be exciting to watch! 

Solon Show Choir Invitational 

Large Mixed :Mayfield “Limited Edition,” Piqua “The Company,” Grove City “Touch of Class,” Lowell “Sound Impressions,” Findlay “First Edition” 

Small Mixed: Garfield Heights “Music Express,” Euclid “Varsity Chorale,” Twinsburg “Great Expectations,” Medina “Encore Entertainment Company,” Walsh Jesuit “Harmony Gold” 

Womens Division: Lowell “Soundsations,” Twinsburg “Blue Harmony,” Grove City “Class Act” 

Middle School: RB Chamberlain “RBC Singers,” Miller South “Show Choir” 

After beating Solon last weekend at Grove City and taking Best Vocals off of Marysville, Findlay will be coming into this competition looking for another win. This won’t be easy, however, as they will face stiff competition from Grove City and Piqua. Grove City is coming off of hosting their annual Voices in the Grove competition and a third-place effort behind Findlay at Medina, and they will also be looking for another win. Piqua hasn’t won a competition yet this season, but they’ve had a month since their last competition at Marion Harding to improve their show, so anything can happen. It’s worth watching for Mayfield at this competition, as they have made finals at all of their competitions this season and will look to continue that streak. The final group in Large Mixed is Lowell, coming to this competition from Massachusetts - while they usually place behind the bigger names in New England, they are a good group and will look for a top-four finals placement here. 

The Small Mixed division at this competition also looks to be relatively competitive. Twinsburg has been doing very well in small mixed this year, placing in the top two in the division at each of their previous competitions, but they will have some stiff competition here. Garfield Heights has made finals at competitions and has two podium placements this season, showing their skill, and they will come in looking to avenge their loss to Twinsburg at Medina. They will also face competition from Medina, who started out their season strong with a win at North Royalton before not making finals at either Hurricane or Grove City. They will likely be coming into Solon looking to end their season on a high note. The final two groups in Small Mixed are Walsh Jesuit, who didn’t place last weekend at Alliance, and Euclid, who also failed to place at Alliance. 

Finally, the womens division looks to be an interesting battle between Lowell’s womens group, one of New England’s better single gender groups, Grove City’s womens group, which has made finals at every competition they’ve attended this season, and Twinsburg’s womens group, who didn't place at Medina. Overall, Solon looks to be a fun competition featuring several intense battles between top Ohio large mixed and small mixed groups, with Lowell coming in from New England for good measure. 

Teays Valley Classic 

Large Mixed: Marion Harding “Harding Singers,” Kenton “Top Twenty,” Hamilton “Prestige” 

Middle Mixed: Ada “Varsity Singers,” Norwood “The Silhouettes,” North Royalton “Royal Harmony” 

Small Mixed: Central Crossing “Excelsior,” Sheridan “Northern Stars,” Milton-Union “Center Stage,” Alliance “Jet Setters,” River Valley “Music Company” 

Single Gender: Marion Harding “Singers Xtreme,” River Valley “New Addition” 

Middle School: Beulah Park “Citation,” River Valley “Revolution,” Kenton “Dimensions” 

This competition is going to feature some of Ohio’s best small groups, and it should be one to watch. The Large Mixed division will feature Marion Harding, fresh off of a fourth-place finish over Olentangy at Grove City last weekend, Kenton, fresh off of their fifth-place finish at Alliance, and Hamilton, who will look to make finals for the first time this season. Middle Mixed also looks to be exciting, as Ada will look to make finals for the first time this season against North Royalton, coming off of a 4th place finish at Alliance, and Norwood, a group that also has not made finals this season. 

The most packed division is Small Mixed, featuring five of Ohio’s best groups in that division. Milton-Union and Central Crossing placed first and second, respectively, in Small Mixed at Grove City, and so the rematch here promises to be exciting. Sheridan and River Valley also went up against each other last weekend, taking third and fourth in Middle Mixed at Alliance, making for another exciting rematch. The final group in Small Mixed is Alliance, fresh off of hosting their annual competition last weekend - they are the only group in the division with a finals placement to their name, having placed sixth at Capital. Finally, in single-gender, Marion Harding’s mens group is coming off of a win over Olentangy’s womens group at Grove City and will go up against River Valley’s new womens group, continuing their debut season. 

Groups Competing Outside the Region 

A fair amount of Ohio and West Virginia groups will be competing outside the two states this weekend - here are some of the most notable: 

  • ETC’s mixed and womens group will be competing at the 50th Annual Bishop Luers Midwest Show Choir Invitational, where they will look to extend their undefeated seasons with wins against groups like Carroll and Edgewood. 

  • Fairfield, Hurricane, and Middletown will be competing at South Dearborn in southern Indiana this weekend, where they will go up against Zionsville, one of Indiana’s best groups. 

And with that, the fields for this weekend are set - make sure to follow HomeRoom Show Choir for updates on these competitions and others nationwide, and make sure to come back next week for more Ohio show choir analysis.

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