The Choirs of Manchester
THE TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE.
The choirs of Manchester High School
have a rich tradition of excellence spanning over 30 years!
The department features 6 choral classes including two nationally recognized show choirs and national champion chamber ensemble, two directors, technical director, show band director and a show band of 18.
Capital Swing, Touch of Swing and The Chamber ensemble have competed throughout the US at local and regional competitions in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Tennessee & Florida .
Nationally, the groups have been participants in the Showstoppers Nationals Competition in Chicago, Nashville, NYC and Orlando.
Capital Swing has served as the honor choir for Showstoppers and
Touch of Swing has been named Grand Champion 3 times!
Beginning in 2004 the groups began competing at the FAME National Competitions in Chicago, NYC and Orlando.
Touch of Swing has been named Grand Champion at this event twice.
The Chamber Ensemble has been named Grand Champion of this event twice, being recognized for Best Repertoire and Best Choral Tone.
In 2017, the groups travelled to Nashville, TN to compete in the Heart of America Competition. Capital Swing competed in the highly competitive Championship division, which was dubbed
"the premier show choir event of 2017!"
Capital Swing was honored to be named as a finalist and was recognized for Best Crew!
in 2018 both show choirs were given the distinguished honor of hosting the
Heart of America Competition at Walt Disney World in Orlando!
The choirs and the choral boosters are the founders of The Koste Classic- named for Pete Koste, former principal of MHS for 23 years. Mr. Koste was a huge lover and supporter of the arts. The competition is entering its 31st year and is hosted by Capital Swing, Touch of Swing and the Chamber Ensemble. The 2020 competition will add a Chamber, Concert Choir and Acappella Divisions on March 5th, 2020.
Under the direction of Robyn Kim, the choir department has seen continued growth. For 2019-2020 school year, the department has added an additional class, The Women's Chamber Ensemble, and an additional teacher, Mrs. Kristen Batson.