High school choirs celebrate America


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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Tom Howlett, catering manager of Chad Anthony’s, served crabby chicken at the Canfield High School choirs “Song of America” tasting event and concert Jan. 31.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Magic Tree Pub and Eatery owner Sandy Reda (left) and Tifany Casciotti, marketing, served a tasting menu at the Canfield High School choirs “Song of America” tasting event and concert Jan. 31.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Under the direction of Kelly Scurich, Canfield High School musical director, students from the Concert Choir, Chamber Ensemble and One Octave Higher Ensemble presented “Song of America,” featuring patriotic music favorites, during its annual tasting event and concert Jan. 31.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School choir students presented “Song of America,” featuring patriotic music favorites, during the annual tasting event and concert Jan. 31.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Canfield High School choirs presented “Song of America,” featuring patriotic music favorites, during its annual tasting event and concert Jan. 31. Under the direction of Kelly Scurich, CHS musical director, students from the Concert Choir, Chamber Ensemble and One Octave Higher Ensemble performed patriotic selections for family, friends and community members.

Musical selections included, “Song of the Past,” “Song of the Soldier,” “Song of our Homeland,” “Song of Hope” and “Song of Freedom.”

Several students performed solos or in an ensemble during the program. Sopranos included Cara DeChurch, Naomi Emerick, Alaina Fuller, Emily Hofsess, Taylor Mead, McKenzie Wright and Lexi Denny. Altos included Camille Bagnola, Rosie Bresson, Ally Cooper, Haley Tura, Harmeet Kaur, Rachel Nagy and Nicole Schmidt. Bass singers included Jake Brothers, Kiel Fizet, Matt Myers, Jon Scurich and Andrew Letscher. Tenors included, Sam Accordino, David Labra, Alex Kuchar and Jon Palermo.

The show was directed and choreographed by Scurich and the choirs were accompanied on keyboard by Ronnie Sue Gregory. Remi Mikan served as stage manager and Anna Brocker, Andrea Stanic, Jeff Mentzer and Matt Stevens served on the sound and lighting crew.

Ian Ward and Jaedon Tweng accompanied the choirs on trumpets, while Nathan Gelfan played the bass and Stephen Ley played the drums.

Prior to the performance, the Canfield Choral Boosters presented a Song of America tasting event in the high school cafeteria. Local and regional caterers and restaurants, including White House Fruit Farms, Kravitz Deli, Piccadilly Parlour, Canfield Giant Eagle, A La Cart Catering, Giannos Candy, Chad Anthony’s, Saadey’s Place, Nicolinni’s, The Mocha House, Inner Circle Pizza Canfield, Peaberry’s Caf and Bakery, Phoenix Fire Grill and Bar, Chick Fil A - Southern Park Mall and Magic Tree Pub and Eatery, featured their own specialties.

“Our vendor participation has grown each year we have done the tasting. This is our third year and it has grown each year. We could not do this without our vendors. They donate their time and their food and we really appreciate their support,” said Clare Neff, co -president of the Canfield Chorale Boosters, Inc.

Special appreciation from the Canfield Choral Music Department goes to Craig Olsen of Olfield Graphics, The Till Open, Peaberry’s, Village Quilts, Fred Mozzy of Fred Mozzy Design, Mr. and Mrs. Lance Hartshorn, Pecchia Communications, LED3 and Trolio’s Silk Screening and Embroidery.

Helping to provide dinner for each member of the choirs was Lee Eye Center, Tina and Vincent Tura, the Leone Family, Deborah Landis, Tom and Jo Ellen Gelonese, Jack and Judy Palermo, Alan and Laurel Zoldan and Kim Costarell.

“We would like to thank everyone for supporting our music education program. There are a lot of out-of-pocket expenses for us, such as choir robes, extra music, travel and supplies in general. The boosters also pays for paraprofessional accompanists and offers a scholarship to graduating seniors and grants for students so they can receive a well-rounded music education,” Neff said.

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