Sight singing is the ability to read and sing music at first sight, without any preparation or previous knowledge of what the melodies may sound like. Festival organizers send Mr. Steinbacher weekly sightsinging selections and students practice singing them on the spot.
This week's selection included a “Name That Tune” contest, where two of the three samples were based on famous melodies. The challenge was put to the 320 singers from across O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, and the Big Island who will be attending the festival to see if they could “name the tune” of these two samples. The first student to correctly identify the melodies by emailing their titles and composers to the festival organizers would win a prize for their school upon arriving at the festival. Saige Akana '16, correctly identified the title and composer of one piece and the composer of the second, but with a slight error in its title. Allison Summerhays '17, and Lia Yamasato '17, however, were the first Hawai'i students to correctly identify the pieces as Symphony No. 9 in E minor by Antonin Dvorak and “Morning Mood” from Peer Gynt, Opus 23 by Edvard Grieg, winning the contest for the Alaka'i Chorus!
The chorus will collect its prize while attending the festival February 11-13 on O'ahu. Congratulations Saige, Allison, and Lia!