The Varsity Singers from Lafayette Jefferson High School, directed by Ja’Shon Burks, is an auditioned group of 51 musicians in grades 10-12. It is the premier concert choir at Jefferson High School, meeting three times each week as a class and performing extensively for the Lafayette community. The group rehearses and performs a fall, holiday, competition and spring set each year.
Varsity Singers has performed at New York City’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine in March 2011 and was a featured performer at the Central Division American Choral Director Association’s convention in 2008 and 2012. They qualified for the ISSMA State Concert Choir Finals for 24 of the past 25 years. The choir regularly receives first prize in competition, including North Central High School’s 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 MIC Choral Competitions, 2016 Mooresville (Ind.) Spotlighter Invitational and 2016 Heart of America (Cincinnati) contest, 2018 Avon (Ind.) Vocal Invitational and the 2018 Heart of America (Kansas City) contest. In June 2017, Varsity Singers toured Ireland, performing concerts in Cork, Limerick, and Dublin. In May 2018 Varsity Singers received first prize at the Indiana State School Music Association Concert Choir Finals – a first for the ensemble.