Choir welcomes a new season

All choirs performed in their first concert of 2019, the annual Prelude to Spring concert, Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 14 in the Performing Arts Center.

The a capella and classical themed concert featured songs such as “The Storm is Passing Over” by Charles A. Tindley, “Wake Me Up” by Avicii and “Toot, Toot, Tootsie” by Al Jolson. In addition, Treble Choir performed foreign language songs including “Gia il Sole dal Gange” arranged by Alessandro Scarlatti and Men’s Ensemble sang “Kiss the Girl” from the Disney film “The Little Mermaid.”

“I really like ‘Gather by the River to Pray’ [arranged by Pepper Choplin]. I like the harmonies, [and they] sound really good,” Mustang Singers sophomore Maya Hamaty said. “It’s also cool to see how we’ve grown. This song shows how good we’re doing since the beginning of the [school] year. I’m really excited for it because it’s the first concert of 2019 [and] one of the last of the year.”

In addition, Suzanne Middle School and South Pointe Middle School students were given the opportunity to join the concert. Singers from Suzanne Middle School and Treble Choir sang “Sisi ni Moja” by Jacob Narverund. South Pointe Middle School singers were also at the concert performing with Mustang Singers.

“[Choir is important to me] because I enjoy singing. It’s a lot of us. It’s not just the solo,” Treble Choir senior Irma Monroy said. “We all have the same passion for singing and doing it [in the future.]”

Class rehearsals focused on memorizing songs and strong voice projections. During afterschool rehearsals, singers and Stagecraft practiced the entire concert with lights, outfits and sound.

“The concert [was] really fun [because] it’s always a good bonding experience. [While] backstage, we do a lot of music-oriented [games.] On stage, we get to show off how hard we’re working,” Men’s Ensemble freshman Gabriel Allen said. “It’s really satisfying when we do it well. You get to show people your effort and get to show off how talented you and your friends are.”

Following the Prelude to Spring concert, Choir is beginning to prepare for its next major concert, the Spring Pops concert, which features pop songs and rigorous choreography.

“[Prelude to Spring is important] to us because we practiced for so long, especially since our Winter Concert left people anticipating what’s next,” Chamber Singers junior Mia Dimalanta said. “Even though it’s more mellow than what we usually do, I think people still enjoy it.”

By Ethan Park, Staff writer
Photo by Jessie Dixon