Seymour High School commissions composer for women’s choir

Seymour High School’s choral director decided he wanted to do something big to highlight the vocal talents of his students this year.

So he is bringing in a musical composer to give them a unique singing opportunity and music-making experience.

The school is commissioning Louisville-native and composer Jeremy Podgursky to write a special piece of music for the school’s advanced all-female choir, Sirenas.

Kyle Karum, in his second year leading the school’s vocal music department, said it’s a way of learning that few high school students get.

“This exposes the student-musicians to another professional musician and gives them another view on choral music,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for our students to develop in their musical skills and grow as people.”

Karum said he chose the Sirenas ensemble because the group often doesn’t get as much recognition as the show choir, which performs the annual school musical.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at or 812-523-7069.