UPDATED: Bemidji show choirs sweep top honors at Totino Grace, shows canceled for this weekend

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Members of Bemidji High School's Vocalmotive celebrate their grand championship at the Totino Grace Show Choir Spectacular on Saturday, March 7. Submitted photo

FRIDLEY -- It was a clean sweep for Bemidji High School performers on Saturday, March 7 at the Totino Grace Show Choir Spectacular.

Vocalmotive was crowned grand champion and La Voce Ballo won first place in the single-gender division at the season's final competition.

It capped an outstanding year for both BHS groups. Vocalmotive was grand champion in three of its five competitions, and La Voce Ballo won first place at two of its four competitions.

“This group (of students) are just some of the most professional musicians and dancers I’ve had,” said Vocalmotive director Chris Fettig. “They approached everything in a real mature way. We had a great bond between all the kids, great chemistry. The attitude of the group was fantastic.”

Vocalmotive and La Voce Ballo had two final shows planned for this weekend that have been canceled as of Friday afternoon, due to precautions against the coronavirus.


Fettig said the groups enjoy the end-of-season performances after going through the rigors of competition.

“They love it because it’s in our own auditorium, with better lighting and sound than we have at these competitions,” Fettig said. “The home crowd is always really electrifying. The pressure is off, and they just can enjoy doing the show. It’s a perfect way to end the season.”

Vocalmotive won grand champion honors at Totino Grace for the sixth time since 2006. It also was honored for best choreography, best band and best spirit.

Fettig was especially pleased with the spirit award.

“It means our kids were so supportive of the other teams,” he said. “Their character is wonderful. Rehearsals were always a joy. The kids just brought their full energy right up to the very last one. Just doing the run through in our last practice was probably one of the best shows they ever did.”

Riverside Company from Hastings, a perennial regional powerhouse, finished first runner-up.

Dennis Doeden, former publisher of the Bemidji Pioneer, is a feature reporter. He is a graduate of Metropolitan State University with a degree in Communications Management.
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