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Indy music students energized by competition, camaraderi

Red Carpet Event Tuesday
Tuesday night will be a turning point for sixteen students at Independence High, all seeking to be one of the top three winners in the school’s vocalist show stopper event—Indy Idol: “A Red Carpet Event.”
Auditions conclude today, and the 10-year-old school’s vocal music director says judges will be choosing among 50 highly talented student performers to create a nearly two-hour long show.
Top prize:  Studio time with world reknown songwriter Michael Farron.
Farron, longtime songwriter with Michael W. Smith, wrote Let It Rain, a piece that made international news recently when it was featured during South African President Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
It doesn’t get much better than that for youngsters, who are exceptionally talented and motivated to pursue a career in music performance, says Mary Lee Attenham.
The event, quite affordable by music venue standards, is a fundraiser for Independence’s award-winning show choir.
“We are fundraising for our next competition in Cincinnati. We are trying to raise money to cover bus transportation.”
The Indy showchoir is one of four choirs that Attenham—or Mrs. A as students call her—directs. 
She is in her fourth year at Independence and has managed to take the vocal performance department from 17 students to more than 100, counting the show choir.
Independence has established a reputation for solid advancement of musical talent, which Attenham tributes to phenomenally motivated students and supportive parents.
Competition is important, but she says it does not outweigh the camaraderie that is developed among students.
“I just feel like it is a family of encouragement here,” she said.
The “Voices of IHS— Mac Maguire and Chase Lutz” both students will serve as official masters of ceremony for the evening.
The Independence Show Choir Booster Board works closely with the school administration to build support for a program that is turning out future music professionals. Judges for this upcoming event are a cross-section of talent professionals and educators.
Presales for the show are taking place through Tuesday during Independence lunch periods with an adult ticket set at $7 and a student ticket $5.
Contact Attenham at

Posted on: 1/22/2014


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