The Marian Singers from St. Mary’s Academy celebrate state choir championship with director Kathy Briggs. It was the first all-women’s choir to win the title. (St. Mary’s Academy)
The Marian Singers from St. Mary’s Academy celebrate state choir championship with director Kathy Briggs. It was the first all-women’s choir to win the title. (St. Mary’s Academy)
With an almost perfect score, St. Mary’s Academy’s Marian Singers claimed first place in the Oregon School Activities Association  6A State Choir championships May 9 at George Fox University. The Marians are the first Oregon all-female choir to be named first in state.

“This is a huge accomplishment, as any state championship is, but as an all-women choir competing against choirs twice our size with tenors and basses, there is something that rings extra special about this win,” says Kathy Briggs, St. Mary’s Academy’s director of choral music.

Out of a score of 100, the three judges awarded the Marian singers 96, 96, and 97.

Seven Academy students were selected for the Oregon All-State choir and five were chosen for the All-Northwest Honor Choir. A quartet from St. Mary’s placed second in the Oregon Music Educators Association Ensemble championships and senior Madison Wray was named state champion among mezzo-sopranos.