3-peat for MHS choral group

Marianas High School Glee Club Rhythm N’ Harmony musical director Paul Dujua, rightmost, poses with the group, the Perpetual Trophy, and the Perpetual Plaque after the group was awarded as the Overall Sweepstakes Winner in the Tumon Bay Music Festival over the weekend. (Contributed Photo)

Marianas High School Glee Club Rhythm N’ Harmony musical director Paul Dujua, rightmost, poses with the group, the Perpetual Trophy, and the Perpetual Plaque after the group was awarded as the Overall Sweepstakes Winner in the Tumon Bay Music Festival over the weekend. (Contributed Photo)

The Marianas High School Glee Club’s Rhythm N’ Harmony is the 13th Tumon Bay Music Festivals overall sweepstakes winner—for the third time in a row since 2015.

According to Rhythm N’ Harmony musical director Paul Dujua, the group has won this award five times in six years of joining the TBMF, beating all the other contestants from Guam and Saipan.

“Among all the choirs and bands that participated [in the TBMF], our group had the highest score in the entire festival,” said Dujua.

The 16-person choir consists of Joselle Reyes, Erica Tubera, Clarisse Torio, Diane Hermogenes, Charley Sablan, Grace Catalma, Eden Conner, Malua Hosono, Rinisa Torres, Leonard Manuel, Miguel Aninon, John Huevos, Roland Balajadia, Gios Gozon, James Reyes, and Jordan Acaya.

Dujua told Saipan Tribune that, on behalf of the group, they were “very happy to have been instrumental in inspiring others.”

“We are very proud to represent MHS and the CNMI,” he said.

Dujua especially thanked TBMF head Max Ronquillo and his team, as well as MHS principal Cherlyn Cabrera and the “friends and families of the community and the various businesses that assisted us in more ways than one.”

Rhythm N’ Harmony was also selected to perform at the Command Performances, the festival’s finale concert last Saturday. The Command Performances feature the best performances throughout the entire festival. The MHS choir sang Magic To Do by The Schuyler Sisters and Love Heals by Jonathan Larson.

The MHS Glee Club was formed in 2010 and won the CNMI’s first choral competition in April 2011. In March 2012, the group emerged as the overall champion in the TBMF in Guam, also winning first place.

The TBMF hosts various musical festivals and ensembles, pitting schools from Guam and the CNMI against each other in categories designed for choir, solo performances, jazz, rock, and winds and strings. The CNMI has been a consistent winner at the festival.

MD: The Marianas High School Glee Club’s Rhythm n’ Harmony is the 13th Tumon Bay Music Festivals overall sweepstakes winner.

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Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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