Hickman Honor Choir was one of only four schools to receive a superior score at the recent CMEA Choral Festival at Johansen High School (March 14,2014). Hughson High School, Johansen High School and Downey High School were the other schools honored.
Hickman Honor choir received a unanimous superior rating (the very highest possible) by the three judges from the Sacramento and Bay Area. The Hickman Boy’s choir, combined with Hughson High School to also receive a superior rating. So, Hickman, the only choir with elementary students to participate, received two of the 5 superior ratings awarded. After performing, one of the judges, from Consumnes River College, stated that she has never heard an elementary school performance that was as musical as that of the Hickman Honor Choir.
The boys of the choir distinguished themselves as the only boy’s choir to receive a superior rating.
Equally impressive was that fact that all the schools we saw had adults accompanying the choirs. Hickman had our very own Roy Mendiola, a talented seventh grader, accompany on the piano, with some very difficult pieces. The judges also made mention of Roy’s outstanding skills as a pianist/accompanist.