Maximum Forte, the premiere choral outreach group from Charleston High School in Charleston, Illinois, is an auditioned co-curricular ensemble devoted to the performance of an eclectic repertory of vocal and choral literature ranging in genre from madrigals, to musical theatre, to contemporary pop/jazz arrangements. Under the direction of Juliane Sharp, the group has been invited to sing at the Kettering National A Cappella Festival in Ohio, the East Central Illinois Youth in Harmony Festival, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The group was also invited to perform as the opening act for a performance by m-pact in fall of 2019. In November 2021, Maximum Forte’s members were featured performers in a performance of Music Theatre International’s “All Together Now- A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre” at Eastern Illinois University.
In addition, to their active outreach performance schedule in Central Illinois, this competitive ensemble placed 3rd in Bloomington, Illinois and 1st place in St. Louis, Missouri at the ICHSA Quarterfinals taking awards for Best Soloist and Best Choreography as well as advanced to compete in ICHSA Semifinals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2019 and in Centerville, Ohio in March 2020. After a year hiatus from the ICHSA competition last year, Maximum Forte is excited to return to the ICHSA Stage this year!