DURANT — The fourth annual Red River Sing-Off was held on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Tuesday. Five high school choirs from Oklahoma and Texas faced off in a festival rating competition.

DURANT — The fourth annual Red River Sing-Off was held on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Tuesday. Five high school choirs from Oklahoma and Texas faced off in a festival rating competition.


The choirs, all invited to participate based on a history of outstanding performances at state and UIL events, impressed judges and audience members alike with commanding and beautiful performances of incredibly challenging choral literature.


McKinney North High School won the Grand Champion award as the choir with the highest point total for the event.


"This event showcases the best of the best in high school choral music in this region,’’ Southeastern Director of Choral Activities Stacy Weger said. "The performances by these choirs are examples of what fine teaching is taking place in the classroom, and highlights the talented young people who choose to make music an integral part of their lives. For these directors to have prepared their students at this high level this early in the school year was astounding. I believe people in their communities should make it a priority to hear and support these fine music organizations. They represented their hometowns and states well."


Joshua Habermann (Santa Fe Desert Chorale/Dallas Symphony Chorus), David Childs (Composer/Vox Humana), and Charles Chapman (Professor Emeritus Southwestern Oklahoma State University/Oklahoma ACDA) served as adjudicators and clinicians for this event.


As part of the awards ceremony, the Southeastern Chorale performed and each participating choir was presented with trophies along with their festival rating. Participating schools included Durant High School, under the direction of Deborah Clements, excellent rating; Cleburne High School, under the direction of B. Weslee Vance, and Pottsboro High School, under the direction of Leslie Lemaster, good ratings; and McKinney North High School, under the direction of Steven Nelms and Rachel Gillispie, and Denton John H. Guyer High School, under the direction of Stephen Evans and Jeremy Bowen, superior ratings.