Choir showcases vocals in Christmas concert

All choirs will perform at their final concert of 2018, the Winter Concert, Thursday, Dec. 13 and tonight, Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

The choir program showcases a compilation of festive holiday songs such as “Alleluia” by David Conte, “La Danza” by David V. Montoya, “My Christmas Tree” arranged by Mark Hayes, as well as songs from Disney’s “Frozen,” including “First Time in Forever” and “Love is an Open Door.”

“‘There is Santa Claus’ is my favorite song to perform because it’s a very cute song, and the choreography for it is my favorite out of all the sets that we will be doing,” Rhapsody in Blue senior Vivian Huang said. “It’s one of our songs [in which] we end with a big bang, and I really love it.”

Toward the end of the concert, Chamber Singers and other seniors will perform “Peace, Peace” by Rick Powell. After that, they will be joined by all the other choirs for a final performance of “Silent Night” by Xaver Grube.

“I’m most looking forward to seeing all the other choirs perform and seeing how much we’ve grown. Being able to compare our performances now versus the beginning of the school year and being able to hear how much improvement we’ve made is just really interesting,” Huang said. “When I perform on stage, my main priority is to make sure that everyone is having a good time, so if this concert makes someone happy, then I am happy.”

The concert will also showcase individual student performers, including a sextet with Men’s Ensemble juniors Vinnson Ma, Dylan Mark, Daniel Munoz, seniors Gabriel Voss and Tony Voss, and Chamber Singer senior Bryson Huang.

“[Performing in a group of six] can be hard sometimes because there are certain harmonies within the song, and sometimes we can hear mistakes,” Ma said. “But we help each other out by checking the music we sing off of. For example, while all the others are singing, one person would have the piano app on their phone and check all the notes that are sung. Even though it’s challenging at times, we always have fun rehearsing together.”

Rehearsals of the holiday songs started in summer, and choreography practice started in the fall. Throughout rehearsals, choir practiced synchrony, breathing techniques and dynamics, as well as how to utilize their singing voice in order to project louder and clearer sounds.

“Ms. Lopez has been teaching us that there is some space at the back of our tongue and how using that area can help us sing a lot louder. I’ve noticed that while using this technique, we improved a lot and that we sound much better,” Mustang Singer freshman Corey Yueng said. “I’m a little scared because this will be my first time dancing in front of a high school audience, but I think it’ll all be worth it.”

By Angela Naseri, Staff writer
Photo by Erin Tan

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