Holiday choir concert spreads cheer

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Photo by: Jack Degenhart

As the community gathered for the annual choir holiday concert, chorus members spread cheer. On Wednesday Dec. 5, the seventh grade and eighth grade choir, Ensemble, high school choir, Symphonic Chorale, Cantus, and Synergy, an a cappella group, performed in the auditorium.

The night was full of entertainment, with some of the junior high chorus members going back out on the stage after their performance to charm the audience with a short skit of Frosty The Snowman.

After the skit, the Ensemble performed “Silent Night”. The Ensemble consisted of five seniors: Madeline Burke, Nick Cassidy, Tyler Hanson, Camille Sargent, and Katie Whitlock.

Following the Ensemble, the high school Concert Choir performed four winter songs. Their second song, “Ose Shalom”, featured senior clarinetist Amelia Kvalheim, while the third song, “Calypso Gloria”, featured sophomore Zach Brennaman on drums.

Their hard work improved the chorus as a group for their performances. Their work paid off according to senior member of the chorus, Max Williams. When asked about his favorite part from the concert he touched on the choir’s development.

“[My favorite part was] being able to perform with Synergy and the improvements that we have made since our first concert,” Williams said.

Later on, the Symphonic Chorale sang a variety of songs. From a song for Hanukkah to a song for Christmas, the Symphonic Chorale members performed with energy that filled the auditorium.

Cantus then performed “Last Christmas” by Wham! and a classic, traditional version of Frosty the Snowman. The chorus members also presented planned choreography for the audience.

“It was great. I loved their dancing; the choreography made [the concert],” Elliot Hessler (11) audience member said.

Last but not least, a fairly new a cappella group from the high school called Synergy performed. The group started out with singing some classic holiday music, such as “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”. DJ Calzada(11) sang a solo, which was one of her favorite moments of the concert.

“[My favorite thing about the concert was] performing with Synergy and having my first solo on a cappella,” Calzada said.

They finished up with upbeat, modern songs such as “Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande. Many audience members enjoyed the cheerful performance that the holiday concert had to offer this year.

By:Caroline Daniels

daniels.caroline@oakwoodschools.org

 

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Photo by: Jack Degenhart

 

 

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