Four Wilton High vocalists to perform at ACDA Honor Choirs Contest

After undergoing a rigorous audition process, four Wilton High School students were selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference Honor Choirs Concert.

Caitlyn Witty, Evaline Xie, Chase Smith and Nicholas Dehn were chosen by Wilton High School Coral Director Betsey De Groff to sing at the annual concert at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Ms. De Groff said the four Wilton vocalists had to “submit audio tapes with stringent requirements, including a cappella singing.”

“They received notice in September of acceptance and were expected to learn their music,” she said.

ACDA is a nonprofit music education organization that promotes excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research and teaching.

ACDA’s Eastern Division covers 13 states in the Northeast.

Nicholas performed with the High School Honor Choir, conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe.

Evaline, Chase, and Caitlyn performed with the Chinese Repertoire Honor Choir, conducted by Jing Ling-Tam.

Ms. De Groff said she chose “serious, responsible and talented students” in Wilton High School’s choral program, “who were willing to put in the time needed to pass both auditions.”

“Other criteria for me were their respect for the choral art and their love of singing,” said Ms. De Groff.

“These students proved perfect choices.”