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IN Session Showchoir

101 South Lewis Street
Springfield, IL 62704

Award- winning IN Session Showchoir

IN Session showchoir is an energetic group comprised of 28 talented and devoted performers from Springfield High school in Springfield Illinois. This extracurricular activity group meets two times a week for two hours. IN SESSION was founded back in 2011 by Kathy Elmore and Since then the group, under the direction of Steven L. Robinson, have received numerous awards during their competition seasons. Awards includes best tech crew, best combo, best female and male soloist, best choreography, best vocals, were named grand champions in the small group division and we're named Finalists at several competitions. In addition to maintaining competition excellence, IN Session has performed for many foundation and organizations. Year after Year several members have received College Scholarships to Universities such as McKendree, Western Illinois and Young Americans, a traveling performance Arts School based out of California.  Even our showchoir band members have received scholarships as well.  This is a group meets every Tuesday and Thurdays nights.

Please join the Award-winning Executive Sound Showchoir Band

Attention Springfield High Band members! WE NEED YOU!!!!

Executive Sound Showchoir Band -

Executive Sound Showchoir Band consists of students that play the accompaniment music for the IN Session Showchoir.  This caption award-winning band will start rehearsals in Late September. We use live music, so we need instruments such as Pianos/keyboards, Trumpets, Saxophones and Guitar players!

*To join the Executive Sound Showchoir Band you must fill out the audition form.

The Executive Sound Showchoir Band travels to EVERY competition and HOME concerts that the IN Session Showchoir is involved in. Executive Sound Showchoir Band is expected to rehearse Tuesday and/or Thursdays.

Q: How much does it costs to participate in Executive Sound Showchoir Band?
A: Band members pay $0 to participate. We strive to get as many band members to join our group as possible. So, we don’t want to deter them by making them pay a fee. We fundraise to help pay for any additional cost so the band members can focus on the music.

Q: How will rehearsals work?
A: Simple! The Showchoir director will send/pass out music. Band members are required to work on their music on their own. (tracks will be also be giving to assist) On rehearsal nights we get together and play through the notes. If there are any questions or issue, we try and fix that as a group. The showchoir director is also looking for a Band teacher to volunteer their time to help at rehearsals.

Q. What is showchoir competitions?

A: competitions, sometimes called "invitationals" are often held at the high school where the "host group" attends and sometimes performs as an exhibition, though some events are held at auditoriums or other facilities that can accommodate larger crowds and provide better acoustic performance. Competitions can feature many groups from multiple states.[12] Because of the vast difference in sizes of the competitions, they can last a single full day. Competitions may separate competing choirs into different divisions. These divisions are often determined by age, skill level, size of the school or choir, and/or gender of the participants. Many competitions include a preliminary round and a finals round.[14] The finals round commences after awards from the preliminary round are complete, where the top scoring groups perform again in order to compete for the title of Grand Champion of the contest. The number of groups in the finals round is up to the hosting school, but typically 5-6 choirs participate. Those groups are sometimes given the opportunity to take suggestions, either from scoring judges or separate experts called in to give suggestions made during the preliminary round and make adjustments to their finals performance in order to earn a better score. Hosting schools do not compete in the competition for ethical purposes. (per wikipedia.com) At many competitions there are captions awards giving to groups during the preliminary rounds. One of the captions we strive for is “Best Showchoir Band also called “Best Combo”. This caption award is giving to the group with the highest score out of all the other group competing during the day. The IN Session showchoir band, now known as Executive Sound, has won this caption award numerous times (since 2014).

            Q. Do we have to wear costumes during performances/Competitions?

A. usually, we would ask you to wear all black. i.e. black pants, black button shirt etc. if we have enough in the budget to get costumes, we would leave the option open. But we want to have a uniform look. There will be some instances where we may feature the showchoir band during the closing of a show, so in that case we would like to make sure we are dressed the same.

Q. Does the Showchoir band competitions conflict with any other events at school?

A. the IN Session showchoir Director does his very best to work with the school administrations and coaches to make sure no competition conflicts with any other sporting or activity events. However, there are some that we couldn’t work the competition schedule around, example scholastic Bowl. During the fall you are more than welcome to do other activities and sports.

I hope this helps families understand how important the Showchoir Band is for the Showchoir. If you have further questions, please e-mail me and I’ll do my best to answer them.


Executive Sound Showchoir Band Performance Schedule TBD


Executive Sound Showchoir Band Competition Schedule (subject to change)

Jan 15th – Mt. Zion, IL

Jan 22nd – Kankakee, IL

Feb 5th – Danville, IL

Mar 5th – Chatham, IL

Mar 12th – TBA

Mar 19th – Herscher, IL

requirements to join the Executive Sound Showchoir Band:

must fill out Autition form (click on banner top left)

Must be a SHS student

must be able to sight read/read music

must be reliable and responsible

must be available


April 19, 2021   1 photo
IN Session showchoir audition dates ARE SET MONDAY JUNE 7TH & TUESDAY JUNE 8TH STARTING AT 5:30PM IN THE COMMONS AREA (YOU MUST ATTEND BOTH NIGHTS). Here is what you need to know: This is open for Springfield High schools students ONLY.
The Award-Winning IN Session Showchoir needs an amazing Stage Crew

As we gear up for Showchoir auditions (June 7th & 8th) we are also looking for those who would like to be apart of an amazing stage crew for the 2021- 2022 IN Session Showchoir!

Showchoir Crew

IN Session Showchoir Crew consists of students that help with the behind-the-scenes action during a Showchoir Competition. This means assisting with costume changes, moving set pieces during the show, run fog machine/any special effects during the show, setting up the stage before/after the show, handing off microphones etc.

IN Session Showchoir Crew travels to EVERY competition and HOME concerts that IN Session is involved in. (Schedule below) IN Session Crew is expected to attend Rehearsals on Tuesday and/or Thursday from 6:30 to 8pm starting October 21st. Its FREE to join, you must commit time and effort to help make the 2021 -2022 IN Session Showchoir Competition Show run successfully.

All inquiries must go to link (click on the blue banner up top, left) and fill out the showchoir audition form. No, you do not have to audition. However, you will have to help at auditions, if available.

Home performance schedule (coming soon)

Competition Season schedule (subject to change)

 Saturday, Jan. 15th Mt. Zion, IL

Saturday, Jan 22nd Kankakee, IL

Saturday, Feb 5th Danville, IL

Saturday, Mar 5th Chatham, IL

Saturday, Mar 12th TBA

Saturday, Mar 19th Herscher, IL



must be a Springfield High School student

able to lift atleast 10lbs

available for all performances and all-day competitions

willing to help assist in building, painting set pieces

must be reliable