Covington-based Rainier Youth Choirs’ (RYC) youngest ensemble won the top award at the adjudicated Music in the Park Festival last weekend in Federal Way. These talented second and third graders received a superior rating by both judges in their category and brought home the trophy. The awards ceremony was held at Wild Waves after a fun day in the park.
Primo Voce sang selections usually performed by much older groups: Betinis’s “Be Like the Bird,” a three part a cappella canon with text by Victor Hugo; Sarasponda, a Dutch folk song, arr. Boshkov; and A Menagerie of Songs by Jennings. The audience was incredulous and enthusiastic.
Pictured left to right: Karen Martin, Primo Voce instructor and Kent Elementary Music Specialist; Nelli Southwick, Covington Elementary; Sophia Dermody, Sunrise Elementary; Elizabeth Ollom, Martin Sortun Elementary; Dennis Mottern, Covington Elementary; Isabelle Paxton, Sunrise Elementary; Irene Biju, Sherwood Forest Elementary, FWSD; Holly Johnson, Maple Valley homeschool; and Taylor Roy, Lake Youngs Elementary. Not pictured is Latin Wombles, Grass Lake Elementary