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Anita Anderson Cooper

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Chorale and Hurricane Singers

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Amherst Regional

Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School


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The ARHS Hurricane Singerswere

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Anita Cooper is the director of both Chorale and Hurricane Singers at ARHS. According to Ms. Cooper, the pieces she brings to the MICCA Festival are "heavy duty," because in addition to excluding pop and musical theater, in many cases they are in foreign languages.

Though Ms. Cooper considers the MICCA Festival when she plans pieces for Chorale and Hurricane Singers to complete, it is not in the forefront of her mind, as the music groups also frequently give concerts. However, the competition is an exhilarating-and sometimes nerve-wracking-addition to the ARHS singing experience.
Zoƫ Langsdale,'13, is president of Chorale. "The scariest part [of competing at the MICCA Festival] is walking on," she said, "but for the most part, it's really exciting."
Ms. Cooper is less nervous before competition because she is so busy, and because she has already done all that she can to prepare the singers. "If we can't go into competition feeling confident, I've failed at my job," said Ms. Cooper. This year both Chorale and Hurricane Singers were confident and prepared.
Hurricane Singers Despite a past rivalry between Chorale and Hurricane Singers, the groups were invaluable to each other at this year's Festival. According to Ms. Cooper, Chorale "feeds off the crowd," so the MICCA format with silent judges and little audience reinforcement can be difficult. At the most recent MICCA Festival, however, Chorale and Hurricane Singers provided mutual encouragement. "Having them there to cheer each other on helped," said Ms. Cooper.
Because of their superior ratings, both Chorale and Hurricane Singers were invited to perform at Symphony Hall, which, according to Ms. Cooper, is "the Carnegie Hall of Massachusetts. Unfortunately, the groups are unavailable to go this year. Still, being invited is a great honor and shows that with Ms. Cooper's assistance, their talent and hard work and paid off.
Ms. Cooper's effective teaching style facilitates the Chorale's and Hurricane Singers' success. Though the groups have plenty of fun joking around, according to Langsdale, "if she says 'focus,' we focus. Indeed, the ambiance in the music hallway is playful, yet when a group starts singing, their talent and concentration is evident.
Ms. Cooper and Langsdale agreed on three adjectives to sum up the choral singing experience at ARHS: "manic, fun, and focused. Proven by the flood of students who join Chorale and Hurricane Singers and their recent successes, Ms. Cooper has maintained the perfect balance of fun and focus, with a hint of inevitable mania.

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Amherst Bulletin | All stories for April 10, 2009 [cached]

Off-Broadway - and beyond: Amherst Regional's Anita Cooper brings a big city talent to student productions

Anita Cooper of Amherst credits her grandmother, Minnie Mae Anderson, a gifted ragtime pianist, with inspiring her love of music.

ARHS Hurricane Singers Win WGBY's Together In Song | Amherst Regional Public Schools [cached]

The ARHS Hurricane Singers, under the direction of Anita Anderson Cooper, won the overall best ensemble award at the WGBY Together in Song choral series in a live performance at the Paramount Theater in Springfield, MA on Sunday, April 22, 2012.

The ARHS Hurricane Singerswere founded by Ms. Cooper in 2003 and is a women's ensemble of 28 members.

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