Gates Chili High School Show Choir
What is a “Show Choir?”
A show choir is a group of performers that sing and dance simultaneously. The style of music that a show choir performs can be from many different genres including classic or current musical theater, pop, rock and jazz. Most numbers are very upbeat and have a high energy level.
How did the Gates Chili Show Choir get started?
After several fledgling years as a jazz choir, (2006-2007) the Gates Chili High School Show Choir was firmly established in 2008 by music director Bob Frost. The group got a great start under his direction and enjoyed many successes and community performances. After Mr. Frost’s retirement in 2010, music director Christine Merkel took over.
About our group:
The group is made up of 22 singers, (11 boys and 11 girls) grades 9-12. Every show choir student must also be enrolled in a curricular choir during the school day at the high school. The group also performs with 5 student instrumentalists. Rehearsals are after school once a week for two hours. During the months of February and March, the group takes a break due to the student’s involvement in the high school musical. The groups' dancing is designed by a choreographer, who creates and teaches all the dance movements. Auditions for openings in the group are usually held in the fall at the beginning of the school year. Auditionees need to be able to sing and dance well and show a strong stage presence.
Pieters Family Life Center
Darien Lake Music Festival
Gates and Chili Chamber of Commerce Holiday Luncheon
Greece Ridge Mall Holiday Series
Erie Insurance Office Holiday Gathering
Gates and Chili YMCA Senior Citizens Holiday Luncheon
Holiday and Spring Choral Concerts at Gates Chili High School
Town of Gates Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Jitters Coffee Shop
Mary Cariola Children's Center
Leaf and Bean Coffee
Awards and accolades:
Darien Lake Music Festival May 2012, Show Choir received the "Grand Champion" trophy for scoring the highest of any group that day (99.85%), and "First Place" trophy in their division.
Gates and Chili Chamber of Commerce “Culture and Arts Award” for 2011
Special Article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle by journalist Ernst Lamothe (1/29/12)
If you are interested in having the Gates Chili Show Choir perform at your event, please contact director Christine Merkel at
or office phone 585 247-5050 ext 21711
Show Choir 2017-2018