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Boulder Creek High School Choirs earn honors at California competition


Anthem – Boulder Creek High School Choir Department competed April 14 in the John Burroughs Music Showcase and four of the five choirs placed in their respective categories. This is the first time the school has participated in this competitive ranking competition. 
The school sent 117 students in five choirs to compete. Kirk Douglas and Nancie Tobison lead the program at the school, which includes seven choirs altogether. Douglas has been building the program for ten years.
“This being our first show choir competition, we used this as a learning experience. Our impact was much more than we anticipated, the feedback from the other choirs and the judges was extremely supportive,” said Choir Director Kirk Douglas.
Boulder Creek High School (BCHS) was a stand-out in the concert choir division taking three of the top four spots and earning a special acknowledgement for “best vocal sound” for the men of the Bel Canto Honor Choir.
The Broadway Bound show choir earned a third-place distinction, competing against nine California schools in the Intermediate Show Choir contest.
“At that moment in time it didn’t matter what place we achieved we already knew we had inspired others by our performance,” Douglas said. “Winning third in our competition was the greatest feeling, knowing we had achieved a rating we thought impossible and has motivated us to reach to the top.”
BCHS Choir honors at a glance:
Concert Choir Competition

  • Second Place: Bel Canto Honor Choir
  • Third Place: Bella Voce Women's Choir
  • Fourth Place: Madrigal Singers

Intermediate Show Choir Competition

  • Third Place: Broadway Bound

Best Performer in the Broadway Bound Choir

  • Sophomore Erin Burgard

Best Performer in the Heart and Soul Choir

  • Senior Abby Davis

The Spring Pops BCHS Choir Concert will be held May 14-16 at the high school.  Tickets are available at

Burroughs Music Showcase is a production of the John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association (VMA). Under the direction of Mr. Brendan Jennings, over 200 students comprise the VMA in four curricular choirs, three extracurricular ensembles and two technical theater classes. The advanced-mixed choir, Powerhouse, is one of the most recognized show choirs in the country, having appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dancing with the Stars, The CBS Evening News and NBC’s The Voice.