By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
The Boardman Glenwood Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade choirs performed a holiday concert Dec. 5.
Parents, grandparents and siblings filled the auditorium to hear the concert. The student choir members were dressed up for the event; the girls in dresses and the boys in ties.
The concert started with the seventh-grade students taking their places on the risers. They sang “Jingle Bells,” but in a more jazzy style than usual for the song. They sang “Hot Chocolate,” as well, and a few other holiday tunes.
The students then joined their families in the audience, replacing the eighth-graders, who took the younger students’ places on the risers. They kicked off their portion with a medley of traditional Christmas tunes. They sang several other songs, including “Let It Snow.”
Director Wendy Crist chose the songs based on the ability of the students.
“The music had several varieties of styles, rhythms and learning opportunities for the students,” she said. “The music was also fun and exciting to dance to and a good way to start the holiday season.”
The performances included more than singing: the students swayed, clapped, snapped and used various arm movements as they sang.
Students were in charge of announcements during the show. They asked members of the audience to turn off their cell phones, gave the names of the songs, and described how hard they worked to prepare for the concert.
“I think giving the students the responsibility of memorizing and expressing themselves at the microphone is a nice way to do the announcements. The show is about the kids, not me speaking,” Crist said.
Parents, friends and family enjoy the talents of the students, she noted.