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December 2, 2013

Singing Hoosiers: Local group members return to hometown

Local group members return to hometown

The Singing Hoosiers will soon be taking over the stage at McHale Auditorium. The 90-person choral group from Indiana University will be singing everything from modern tunes to classics to Christmas music.

For three singers in the group, the performance will be a homecoming.

Olivia Sears, a junior at Indiana University, graduated from Logansport High School. Sears auditioned her first semester in Bloomington and has been in the group since.

Sears described the choral group as a close-knit family.

“It’s really made the university seem a lot smaller,” Sears said. “I really have a family in the Singing Hoosiers.”

The group performed in Logansport when Sears was a junior in high school. Seeing the group was a determining factor in the college she wanted to attend.

Sears, who performed in McHale for the first time when she was in second grade, is excited to share that stage with people she has grown up with and the people she performs with now.

The Logansport High School show choir will be performing two numbers with the Singing Hoosiers. Prior to the performance, the college performers will also put on a workshop with the Logansport show choir.

“Our director always says, ‘If you don’t like a song, stick around,’” Sears said. “There is something for everyone. I have to commend him for the variety our shows have.”

The Singing Hoosiers are being brought to McHale Performing Arts Center by the Logansport Performing Arts Council.

“We’re looking forward to the show and we’ve sold quite a few tickets,” Suanne Schwering said.

Another Logansport member with the Singing Hoosiers is Laura Cahalan.

Cahalan, a freshman at Indiana University, auditioned in August and joined the group. Cahalan says she hopes a lot of people come out and enjoy the show.

“It has been a really good experience,” Cahalan said. “The whole group is like one big family. They make sure the freshmen are involved.”

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