The Macleans College Barbershop girls’ chorus, Macapella, attended the annual Young Singer’s in Harmony Auckland Regional competition on June 14, 2013. They placed first in the women’s chorus division and as well as first and third in the women’s quartet division.
The chorus consists of approximately 70 girls, and is led by Melody Lowe, who is also the director of the Greater Auckland Chorus. The chorus sang two songs: a ballad, ‘My Romance’ arranged by Renee Craig, and an up tune, ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ by Irving Berlin. This enabled them to become barbershop Auckland champions for the fourth year running.
Macapella also had three quartets competing in the women’s quartet division; last year’s national champions Dolce and two new groups, the High Fliers and Wild Sapphires. Competing against two other schools, Dolce took out first place and High Fliers third.
Persis Darukhanawalla, leader of Macapella chorus and member of the winning quartet Dolce, expressed her delight: “I feel very proud of my quartet Dolce, to have won the Auckland YWIH quartet competition 2 years in a row. It has been an overwhelming but a very rewarding experience. I am also very proud of my Macapella girls, for winning the Auckland YWIH chorus competition for 4 years in a row. They have put in a lot of effort and time, and I hope they have enjoyed this experience. I can tell we have the potential to do very well at nationals this year.”
The girls have worked extremely hard, with the help of the two senior leaders, Persis Darukhanawalla and Shaanil Senarath-Dassanayake, and choreography from Rosie Hubbard and Nisha Senarath-Dassanayake. All together, they have managed to once again secure a spot in the Young Singer’s in Harmony National competition down in Hamilton, which they are already busy preparing for.
Article written by Daisy Huang. Edited by SuYoung Lee.