With 20 women’s choirs from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois, the High School Women’s Choir Festival held at Saint Mary’s College promotes female chorus groups, Nancy Menk, director of choral activities, said. “It’s for constructive criticism and help,” she said. “It’s not a competition. It’s just a festival.” Menk said the opportunity allowed feedback from a panel of three commentators. The festival, which began Thursday, also allowed each choir to listen to comparable women’s choirs to gain insight. The commentators this year were Paul Caldwell of Chicago, Sean Ivory of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Barbara Tagg of Syracuse, N.Y. According to Menk, each choir performed for the other choirs and the commentators. Following each performance, one of the three commentators worked directly with the choir to provide feedback on their performance. The choir will receive written comments from the other members of the panel. “They come here and each choir performs a short program for each other and for a panel of commentators that we bring in,” Menk said. “These are experts in the field. Following their performance one of the three commentators goes up on stage with a [microphone] and works with the choir, like in a workshop format, to improve some aspect of their performance.” The festival is a two-day event and will end today around 4:30 p.m. Menk said the Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choir performed each day to provide an example for the high school students. The annual festival is celebrating its 26th year. Menk said the festival is mutually beneficial for the high school students and the College. “It’s important for Saint Mary’s because it brings 800 prospective students to our campus, and its promoting good choral singing among high school women,” Menk said. “It’s promoting good quality repertoire for high school choirs, and it’s giving them a chance … to go to a festival and something that’s geared just toward them.” According to Menk, the festival hopes to improve singing and pride within each organization. “It should help them to feel good about what they’re doing. It should give them an aspiration, something to aspire to with their choir, to be able to work at a higher level,” she said.
114SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ed SanFilippo Edward J. SanFilippo is a freelance writer, editor, and researcher with expertise across a broad range of topics. He has nearly 20 years of experience writing for public agencies, private … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details So you’re buying a car and need to make a decision about insurance. Presumably you’ll compare price and coverage options, and in doing so you’ll see that price varies based on the deductible you select. What is a deductible, and what factors should you consider in making your decision?Deductible Defined and Explained: Your deductible is the amount of money you must pay for vehicle repairs before the auto insurance company pays the remaining costs. For example, if your car is damaged and your deductible is $1,000 but the damage to your car is $1,500, you would pay the $1,000 and your insurance provider would cover the remaining $500.Choosing a Deductible: Making this choice depends on your personal comfort level, the amount of risk you‘re willing to take, and is sometimes determined by the entity that finances your car. An insurance broker can help you make a decision based on your personal situation, but here are a few factors to consider when deciding:Emergency funds: Do you have a healthy savings account and/or emergency fund? What can you afford to pay out of pocket if something happens? A higher deductible can lower your monthly premiums and save you money each month, but if you cannot afford the deductible itself when repairs are needed, this is likely not a good option.Value of your vehicle: More expensive vehicles are typically more expensive to insure. For high-value vehicles, a high deductible might make sense because the savings can be significant. On the other hand, the value of an older vehicle might be similar to the cost of a high deducible. This means that in some instances, replacement of the older vehicle might be more cost effective than repairs, suggesting a low deductible is best.Risk: Evaluate your personal likelihood of needing to file a claim. It doesn’t matter if you’re a good driver; everyone has some level of risk. Do you drive frequently, and in high-traffic times or areas? Do you live in a place with a large proportion of high-risk drivers? Do you have a teenager learning to drive? What other personal risk factors should you consider?
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“But I don’t mind this. This is nice. It feels like everything this year, it’s more subdued, it’s more relaxed. That’s the feel for me, anyway.“Obviously Bryson is going to be feeling a little different because the attention is on him and deservedly so coming off the back of a major win and basically disrupting the game of golf over the last few months. It’s a big story, and I’m just as intrigued as everyone else to see how that unfolds.” Rory McIlroy on Augusta National: “I still think this golf course provides enough of a challenge to challenge the best players in the world”; watch The Masters live on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel from Thursday to Sunday with Featured Group coverage from 12.30pm on Thursday Last Updated: 11/11/20 6:16am McIlroy, who is once again chasing a career Grand Slam this week, admits he has not been at his best playing with no crowds since the restart, but was encouraged by his performance last time when he tied for 17th place at the ZoZo Championship.“Look, the game feels pretty good,” added the Northern Irishman. “Before the world changed in March, I was playing pretty good. I got to No 1 in the world, was playing pretty consistent golf, and then after we came back out of the lockdown, there’s been really good stuff in there, but there’s been some lacklustre stuff, too, lapses of concentration. You know, sometimes feeling like you’re out there and it doesn’t really count.
Highly sought-after Luke Shaw has no intention of leaving Southampton this month, according to team-mate James Ward-Prowse, who believes there is nowhere better for a young player to be right now. Teenage left-back Shaw is the latest potential star and is attracting a lot of interest from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea. However, the 18-year-old has no intention of jumping ship any time soon and Ward-Prowse, himself only 19, believes St Mary’s is the best place for him. “Obviously there is a little bit of banter flying around about the headlines, but that is just normal in football,” the midfielder told Press Association Sport. “His feet are on the ground, his head at the right place at the moment and he put in a great performance against Arsenal. “He is settled, that is the main thing. You can see the fans love him as well, which is a good thing. This is the best club to be at, at the moment.” While Shaw is set to remain at St Mary’s, the same cannot be said for club-record signing Dani Osvaldo. Signed to much fanfare from Roma in the summer, the Italy international has failed to impress at St Mary’s and looks to be on his way out after an altercation with team-mate Jose Fonte. The incident saw Saints – not for the first time in 2014 – make the wrong kind of headlines, but Ward-Prowse says team morale has not been hit. “It hasn’t really affected us in a bad way,” he said. “I think the camaraderie in the camp and everyone’s positivity has resulted in us ignoring those off-the-field issues. “Like you saw against Arsenal and against Yeovil at the weekend, our performances have not been affected.” So impressive was Saints’ display against the Gunners on Tuesday that the players left the field disappointed to have only taken a point. Fonte put Saints deservedly ahead during an impressive first-half display, only for quick-fire goals from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla to turn the match on its head soon after half-time. Adam Lallana’s strike ensured a point but, given Mathieu Flamini was sent off late on, it was a chance missed for Saints. “I think in the end it was a good point,” Ward-Prowse added. “All the lads are disappointed to lose out to two goals early in the second half, but we fought back and showed great spirit. “It was frustrating and we outplayed them in the first half. We stuck in there, showed character and got a point.” Saints’ focus on home-grown talent is well documented, with eight British players featuring in Tuesday’s frenetic 2-2 draw with league leaders Arsenal. Five of those progressed through the club’s much-vaunted youth system, which in recent years has produced the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Press Association