From Register Staff

The Napa High School Chamber Choir, conducted by Travis Rogers and Jamie Butler, earned third place honors in the small choir division at the ninth annual Golden State High School Choral Competition held on the campus of Pacific Union College May 21.

Out of nine competing choirs in the small choir division, (32 or fewer singers), the Napa High group earned 1,134 points out of a possible 1,200 for a 94.5 percent score.

The small choir winners, Nevada Union High School of Grass Valley, earned top honors with 1147.3 points with second place Monte Vista High School earning 1,142.1 points.

Only 32.6 points separated the top five finishers in the small choir division.

The Napa High Concert Choir, which place first in the large choir competition last year, hosted the event along with Pacific Union College.

Nine choirs competed in the the large choir division (34 or more singers) Mt. Eden High School of Hayward took first place, Monte Vista second and Nevada Union High School third.

Each competing group performed three selections for a panel of four judges. One of the three pieces, "Die Mit Tranen Saen" by Heinrich Schutz, was required of the small group. The large choirs were required to perform "O Vos Omnes," by Toma Luis de Victoria.

More than 1,000 people attended the evening awards concert in the PUC church, where they heard performances from the top five choirs in both divisions, as well as music by the winners of last year's competition, the San Ramon Valley High School Chamber Singers and the Napa High School Concert Choir.

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