Houston High's 'fifth measure' take second place at National Acapella Convention

Houston High School is fortunate to be home to many incredibly talented students and distinguished arts programs. One such program is our esteemed acapella choir, Fifth Measure. The mixed choir of 21 boys and girls, each singled out amongst their talented peers in a high stress vocal audition at the beginning of the year, was selected via video submission from hundreds of applicants nationwide to compete in the National Acapella Convention, an event sponsored by the Acapella Educators Association.

They were one of ten groups selected to compete, and practiced extensively for a number of weeks to reach perfection. They built up beautiful dynamics and harmonies, memorized artful choreography, and focused not only on the upcoming performance, but also on the fun in providing the world with beautiful music.

On the night of competition, the choir did indeed accomplish the feat of providing beautiful music and much more. Soloists Kelsey Taylor, Olivia Grace Sistrunk, Sarah Dillon, Tim Marsh, and Sarah Spain all dazzled and the group’s performances of “Taro” by Alt J, “I Lived” by One Republic, and “Barton Hollows” by the Civil Wars was a truly stunning display. After bringing audience members to their feet, the choir amazingly snagged second overall in the nation, making everyone ecstatic.

“I wasn’t expecting it honestly. It felt pretty good!” says Fifth Measure alto, Taylor Stumph of the win. As for the future of the choir, she also said how “excited to get to know the new people in the group next year” she was, as well as her eagerness to see “how far we can take it as a choir” at next year’s convention.

That incredible choral accomplishment coupled with the performance of our beautiful women’s choir Dolce Bella at the same event make the entire high school and district incredibly proud. Congratulations, and we wish you the best of luck as you continue to provide lovely music for our city in the coming year.
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