By ABBY SLANKER
Sounds of the season filled the Canfield High School auditorium during the CHS Choral Music Department Winter Concert Dec. 5.
The Concert Choir, Chamber Ensemble and One Octave Higher Ensemble, under the direction of CHS Choir Director Kelly Scurich, each performed three songs, with all the choirs coming together for the final performance of “Silent Night,” arranged by Paul Sjolund, with a solo by Norah Young.
The choirs started the program with a processional into the auditorium singing “Caroling, Caroling.” The Concert Choir took the stage first and began their performance with “Calypso Christmas” by Natalie Sleeth. The choir then moved onto to sing “In December” by Jay Althouse.
In introducing the Concert Choir’s final number, Scurich gave an explanation about the next number, “Yuletide Rhythm.”
“There are many different elements of rhythm. We have started a concentrated study on rhythm and have been studying the effects of rhythm. Our rhythm exercises became this piece. It looked easy, but is actually more complicated than thought at first glance,” Scurich said.
Scurich then introduced Emily Alcorn, a student teacher from Youngstown State University, who directed the choir in performing “Yuletide Rhythm.”
The Chamber Ensemble took the stage to perform Scottish carol “Baloo Lammy” arranged by Ruth Gray. Prior to the performance, a choir member informed the audience that “Baloo Lammy” translated means “hush my little lamb.”
The ensemble sang Austrian carol “Still, Still, Still” arranged by Norman Luboff. The ensemble finished their performance with an amusing rendition of “The Twelve Days After Christmas.”
The One Octave Higher Ensemble began their performance with “Gaudete” arranged by Michael Neaum, with soloists Naomi Emerick, Nicole Schmidt and Madison Gulfo.
The ensemble continued its performance with French carol “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella,” arranged by Clarence Dickinson. The ensemble then closed the portion of the show with “Nuttin for Christmas,” arranged by Anita Kerr, with soloists Taylor Minenok, Rachel Nagy, Zabrina Gongaware, Camille Bagnola, Kennedy Lisowski, Taylor Gregory, Megan Factor, Norah Young and Alisha Boykin.
Scurich invited the audience to sing along with the choirs.
“You just heard our singing, and now we are going to hear how you sound,” Scurich said.
The choirs and audience members, who were provided the lyrics, sang “Hark! The Herald Angles Sing,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “Jingle Bells.”
For the final performance of “Silent Night,” as is choral tradition, the choirs invited any alumni in the audience to join them on stage. The choirs were accompanied by Kay Williams, Ronnie Sue Gregory, Olivia DeMartino, Emily Hostess, Max Lee, Emily Demelio, Joe Kilbert and Lennon Sackela.