Though school is out for the summer, many of our GMSD students and artists continue to strive for further excellence in their fields with each passing day. Among this dedicated group is the supremely talented performers attending Tennessee’s Governor’s School for the Arts. Governor’s School is a pre-collegiate, month-long summer program that accepts only the best and the brightest and works to grow students in their arts potential.
Several Houston students are there for their exemplary talents in the arts, and from this superb bunch, three, Delaney Hay, Jesse Baird, and Claire Harrington, have been singled out for their incredible vocal prowess.
This trio of lovely ladies was awarded second place at this year’s Governor’s School Talent Show. The show includes competitors from all areas of the arts including instrumental performers, dancers, actors, and, of course, vocalists, and to even have the opportunity to perform in the show, students must undergo an audition process against their immensely gifted peers. Of the forty acts who auditioned, only twelve were selected to actually compete.
However, Delaney, Jesse, and Claire were prepared for this rigorous competition, as they are no stranger to the high pressures of the stage. All three have been involved in Houston High’s beloved show choirs and will join the ranks of the nationally recognized Fifth Measure Choir come the fall. To be accepted into these selective acapella groups one must also go through an audition process that is equally ruthless.
On show night, the girls brought this Houston flare to Governor’s School with their flawless rendition of “Barton Hollow” by the Civil Wars, a song previously performed by the HHS fifth measure, and cinched the coveted second prize.
The performers at Governor’s School are the best of the best in Tennessee and to be put against one another and achieve such a level of success as our girls did is truly an incredible feat. Delaney Hay praised the Governor’s School staff and attendees encouragement of her in pursuit of music, and said this of the night her group placed second, “It was really nerve-racking to perform against such talented people, but it was also so fun because everyone there is so nice and supportive.”
We at GMSD are so proud to be home to such gifted young woman and that they have such ambition to grow in music. We look forward to hearing more of the beautiful melodies they provide in the future. Congratulations girls!