Thanks to the popularity of Fox’s hit show Glee, a spotlight is focused on show choirs across the country, and one of the top show choirs is in Naperville’s backyard. Waubonsie Valley’s Sound Check is ranked the second-best show choir in the country by the Show Choir Rating System.
52 voices and 104 feet make up Waubonsie Valley’s Sound Check. With 30 new members this year, the group hopes to have all the right moves to remain a top-rated show choir.
“I just hope we live up to everyone’s expectations, and I’m sure we will,” said Michael Redd, a senior at Waubonsie Valley.
After being featured in both local and national publications like Parade magazine, members say the attention brought by the Glee phenomenon carries its own pressure.
“It’s nice that more people are interested in joining a show choir, and it being publicized is good for show choirs in general,” said Senior Winston Griffin.
A lot of work goes into Sound Check’s performances. They prepare as many as nine songs for each competition. Director Mark Myers strives to showcase each member’s talents.
“I think a lot about who the kids are that specific year, and what their strengths are, and what fits those strengths,” said Myers.
Right now, Sound Check is practicing about once a week. Their first competition is at the end of January, and as it approaches, the practice schedule will intensify.
“You can definitely feel it after practice,” said Rachel West, a junior.
Show choirs compete against each other, but the competition is friendly.
“We’ve gotten cookie cakes from other groups and we’ve had parties with other groups, so we don’t really have rivals, we have friends,” said Becky Meiller, a senior.
While the thrill of competing and performing is a draw, members say there are other benefits to joining a show choir.
“I’m normally not a very outspoken person, but once I joined show choir I got new friends and I became more confident with everything,” said Jamie Christian, a senior.
Sound Check hopes that confidence is well-earned, as they strive to repeat success on the show choir circuit, and in life.
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