Paraparaumu College Barbershop and chorus success

Paraparaumu College has plenty to sing about after their Barbershop Quartets and Chorus groups performed with distinction at the recent competitions held at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua.

Paraparaumu College entered three female quartets, and a female chorus for the first time, as well as a combined boys chorus with Kāpiti.

‘Pink Ladies’ are a junior quartet who wanted to perform, but not compete. ‘Treble in Paradise’ are year 9-11 students, who competed for the first time as a group, and came 6th out of 15 crews. They marginally missed out on a place at the Nationals.

This year Paraparaumu College’s top girls senior crew came second.

The boys combined chorus came third, thanks to the coaching of Kāpiti College teacher Bridget O’Shannassy. The girls chorus came fourth and won a wild card entry to the National Competition in Takapuna Auckland in September.

All of the female groups have been taught by vocal coach Mrs Marisa Twentyman.

(pictured with the cover girls).

The next challenge is to raise enough funds to get 25 students to Nationals. Students will be seeking business and community sponsors to help them get there, as well as running a ‘Singathon’ with the support of the ZEAL music box, and various other fundraising projects.