Nashua South to compete in televised music competition

Courtesy photo The Harvard University LowKeys perform during last year's Sing That Thing! competition

NASHUA – One music competition, 18 groups, three judges, two rounds and only one winner: The “Sing That Thing!” competition, hosted by WGBH begins this week, and the Nashua High School South Concert Choir will be one of those groups to take the stage.

The competition won’t air on TV until April 13, but filming begins this week. Nashua South is driving down to WGBH’s studio in Brighton, Massachusetts, Friday afternoon to film its performance of Karl Jenkins’ “Exsultate, Jubilate,” said Adam Boroskas, NHSS choral director.

If they do well and advance to the second round, they will be back to perform again Sunday, he said.

The competition is diverse. It’s not just high school groups. The contest includes colleges and adult groups all singing a variety of music from a cappella to gospel.

“Ensembles are judged on intonation and rhythm as well as the complexity, versatility, stagecraft and audience appeal of their performance,” according to the contest rules.

Nashua South, Boroskas said, “has a reputation for being one of the best choirs in the state,” and have “competed in almost every event in New Hampshire.”

He has been looking for opportunities to expand out of the state (although they have also performed in places like Baltimore and New York City) so when he heard about Sing That Thing he quickly put together an audition tape.

Even being selected, he said, was an honor, as the competition will be shown all over and will be fully produced, featuring contestant interviews.

Boroskas said the full, 38-member choir will drive down and perform the “classical-style” Jenkins piece.

He described the a cappella song, which is entirely in Latin, as “quick” and “technical.”

If they advance to the final round, their second song will be in English, he said.

The choir is fully auditioned and composed of high school students grades nine through 12.

The dedication of the students, he said is second to none.

“For many of them, getting into the concert choir is their biggest goal for high school,” Boroskas said.

Once in, they usually stay in it for their remaining years at Nashua South, according to Boroskas, who says he is proud to be their director.

The overall winner of last year’s competition was Sound Off from the Boston area and the high school champions were the Rice Street Singers from Wellesley High School.

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