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Gold Medals for Mercy at the Heritage Music Festival in Atlanta

by cnewman

MMA's Magic Belles on stage in Atlanta
MMA's Magic Belles on stage in Atlanta

On April 14, 2011, 32 students and 15 chaperones flew to Atlanta, Georgia to participate in the Heritage Music Festival. After hour-long rehearsals Thursday evening and Friday morning, the groups traveled by motor coach to Reinhardt College where three adjudicators provided written and taped comments for each performance. The festival awards were given at Six Flags Over Georgia on Saturday evening. Magic Belles Handbell Choir and Pure Magic Show Choir were both awarded gold medals for their performances, and Women's Choir received a silver medal. While in Atlanta, the groups were able to spend time at the Georgia Renaissance Festival, the Atlanta Zoo, the Georgia Aquarium, the Coca-Cola Museum and an additional day at Six Flags Over Georgia. The three groups are directed by Fred Kirisits, and Pure Magic is choreographed by Justine Kish.

Notes from the Music Department

  • Auditions for "Pure Magic" Show Choir will be held on Sunday, May 15, from 11:00-1:30 in the Choral Room. Enter Door #6 in the corner of the faculty parking lot on Red Jacket Parkway. For more information, email Director Fred Kirisits at fkirisits@mtmercy.org.
  • Mount Mercy's Annual Spring Concert will be held in the Mercy Center Auditorium on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature "Pure Magic" Show Choir, "Magic Belles" Handbell Choir, Freshman Chorus, and Women's Choir. Special guest appearances will be made by the Bello Voice Studio and the Wedding Belles of Mount Mercy Academy.

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