Burroughs Choirs Win Awards in NYC

Photo courtesy Veronika Lighthill | Burroughs High School’s Powerhouse and Sound Sensations choirs recently won national awards for Best Vocal and Best Visuals at the Heart of America Competition. Two students also won Best Solo spots.

First published in the April 2 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association traveled to New York City with its mixed group, Powerhouse, and single-gender group, Sound Sensations, during spring break to compete in the Heart of America competition this past Saturday at the Sheraton in Times Square.

The two groups swept the national competition and were named grand champions including awards for Best Vocals and Best Visuals, continuing an undefeated season for both choirs, including wins at the Chaparral and Hart competitions.

The tech crew was also named Best Tech at the competition and students Rhett Hemingway and Sophie Pollono took Best Solo spots.

Photo courtesy Veronika Lighthill | Burroughs High School’s choir tech crew won the Best Tech award at last week’s Heart of America Competition in New York City.

Included in the group traveling to New York City were combo musicians, chaperones, district staffff and VMA fans.

Josh Strobl, a 2013 Burroughs alum and former vocal music association member who is in the cast of “Dear Evan Hansen,” organized the cast after the show to talk to the students about careers on Broadway.

“We were beyond excited to have the opportunity to travel and compete at this level again,” said choir director Brendan Jennings. “The students and parents worked very hard to fundraise for this trip and we are grateful to our BUSD administration and school board for trusting us with this venture. We are proud to represent the city of Burbank and state of California as national champs.”