Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School choir member Cara DeChurch performed a descant during an all-choir performance of “Jai Ho” during the school’s annual spring concert on May 25.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School Choir Director Kelly Scurich (left) recognized senior choir members at the school’s annual spring concert on May 25.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Canfield Chamber Ensemble Choir, under the direction of Kelly Scurich, performed during the school’s annual spring concert.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.On May 25, all Canfield High School choirs took the stage together, under the direction of Kelly Scurich, to perform “Jai Ho” during the school’s annual spring concert.
By ABBY SLANKER
The Canfield High School Choral Department had its annual spring concert on May 25.
Under the direction of Choir Director Kelly Scurich, the concert choir, One Octave High Choir and Canfield Chamber Ensemble performed several songs for a large audience of family and friends.
Clare Neff, Canfield Choral Boosters president, welcomed the audience to the concert.
“Good evening and welcome to our spring concert. We are glad you joined us this evening and thank you very much for coming. Enjoy the concert,” Neff said.
The evening started with the recognition of the senior members of the choirs, with a senior processional during which students were escorted to the stage by parents and family members, while Scurich announced them and said a few words about each student. On stage, a current photo and childhood photo of each student was displayed.
“This is a very eclectic class with a variety of talents. We have had a wonderful senior year with them. With each event, they have brought their uniqueness to the stage. Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Class of 2017,” Scurich said.
The concert began with the concert choir singing “Elijah Rock” by Jester Hairston. The choir then performed “The Clouds” by Cynthia Gray. The choir closed their portion of the concert with “Rhythm of Life” by Cy Coleman with Andrew Crans on keyboard two.
“The concert choir has proven they can learn quickly and focus on the common goal. They met the challenge and succeeded. I am very proud of their accomplishments this year,” Scurich said.
Following the concert choir’s performance, Taylor Mead performed her original song “Outlook.”
Next to perform was the One Octave Higher Choir, and in introducing them, Scurich told the audience they had a very successful year.
The choir started with “Catch a Falling Star” arranged by Roger Emerson. Next, the choir performed “May There Always Be Sunshine” by Robert DeCormier, with Kate Jenkins serving as narrator. The choir closed their performance with “Forty-Second Street” arranged by Larry Shackley.
Following the One Octave Higher Choir’s performance, senior soloist Alexander Kluchar sang “Nobody Needs to Know (The Last Five Years)” by Jason Brown.
The Canfield Chamber Ensemble then took the stage.
“The Canfield Chamber Ensemble Choir received strait ones at district competition,” Scurich said in introducing the choir.
The choir began with “Shut De Do” by Randy Stonehill, featuring a solo by Haley Tura. The choir continued with “Locust Iste A Deo” by Anton Bruckner and closed with a rousing rendition of “Splish Splash” arranged by Teena Chinn.
Following the Canfield Chamber Ensemble Choir’s performance, senior soloist Lexi Denney performed “Your Song” by Elton John.
Before the final performances of the evening, an awards presentation was held, with several students being recognized and honored, including Emily Hofsess, the winner of the Steven Snodgrass Scholarship.
All choirs then took the stage together to perform “Jai Ho” arranged by Ethan Sperry, with Cara DeChurch performing a descant.
“This is a very challenging piece and they did a super job,” Scurich said.
To end their spring concert, with all choirs together, in keeping with tradition, alumni who had studied under Scurich who were in attendance were invited to join the choirs on stage to perform “Battle Hymn of the Republic” arranged by Peter Wilhousky. The performance featured Lake Bennett, Zachery Bernat, Austin Householder, Alex Kluchar, Max Lee, Nick Palermo, Michael Stefanick and Dylan Todd.
Choreographer for the concert was Scurich, with Ronnie Sue Gregory, Courtney Larson and Tim Elder serving as accompanists. Alexandria Viano served as a student conductor, with Jeff Mentzer in charge of sound and lighting.
Student accompanists included, Carmel Cerimele, Emma Kadilak, Jessica Lee, Max Lee, Jonathan Scurich and Alexandria Viano, with Sareena Sethi, Stephen Ley and Alex Sanders serving as instrumentalists.