Mt. Eden High School Concert Choir
The Mt. Eden High School Concert Choir comprises of approximately 130 students from throughout the student body. The ensemble is open to any and all students regardless of musical background or experience. The concert choir is the musical “hub” of the Mt. Eden High School program.
The concert choir of Mt. Eden High School has consistently received awards and superior ratings at choral festivals and completions throughout the state of California since 1993 hosted by prestigious organizations like the California Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association. They have placed within the top four large choral ensembles every year since 1997 at the extremely prestigious “California Golden State Choral Competition” in the large choir division. The concert choir placed 1st in this competition in May of 2015, and then hosted the event in May of 2016.
The choir takes a tour every spring, usually throughout the state of California, but every three years tours in other areas of the United States. Their travels have taken them to Hawaii, Mexico, Florida, and New York City. They have also been featured on board Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Nicholas Prior, now Director of Choirs at Mt. Eden High School, is a native of New Mexico, graduating from the University of New Mexico where he was named the Outstanding Music Education Graduate in 2011. Mr. Prior spent five years teaching middle school choir at Eisenhower Middle School in Albuquerque, NM, building a program from 60 students in two choirs to over 200 students involved in eight year-long ensembles. Mr. Prior has also conducted with the Albuquerque Boy Choir, the New Mexico Kodály Institute, the UNM Children’s Chorus, as well as conducting regional and state honor choirs in Farmington, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces, NM.
Prior was recognized in 2015 by the New Mexico Music Educators Association as the New and Emerging Music Educator of the Year. He earned is Masters in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. He sings, arranges, and clinics for choirs professionally around the country.