CVMS choirs celebrate the holiday season

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Under the direction of Tom Scurich, Canfield Village Middle School’s eighth-grade choir performed several selections during the school’s annual winter choir concert on Dec. 5.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield Village Middle School’s seventh-grade choir, under the direction of Tom Scurich, celebrated the holiday season with music and singing during the school’s annual winter choir concert on Dec. 5.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Four Canfield Village Middle School students were highlighted during the finale of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” at the school’s annual winter choir concert on Dec. 5.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Canfield Village Middle School Canfield Cambiata, comprised of select seventh- and eighth-grade students, then took the stage to perform several selections at the school’s annual winter choir concert on Dec. 5.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Canfield Village Middle School’s seventh- and eighth-grade choirs, under the direction of Tom Scurich, celebrated the holiday season with music and singing during the school’s annual winter choir concert on Dec. 5. The students performed family and friends at Canfield High School. Courtney Larson accompanied the choirs on piano.

Scurich welcomed the audience to the concert.

“Good evening and welcome to our seventh- and eighth-grade winter choir concert. We are delighted to have you here tonight. If you are looking for festive music to get you in the holiday spirit, you have come to the right place. Our students have worked very hard to prepare a variety of choral music for you. We hope you enjoy the program,” Scurich said.

The seventh-grade choir opened the show with “A Festive Fa La La” by Mary Lynn Lightfoot, followed by “Shalom Chaverim” traditional Hebrew arranged by Catherine Delanoy.

The choir continued the show with “Troika” a traditional Russian Fold Song arranged by Dave and Jean Perry and closed their portion of the concert with “Let It Snow/Winter Wonderland,” arranged by Alan Billingsley.

The Canfield Cambiata, comprised of select seventh- and eighth-grade students, then took the stage to perform “Carol of the Bells” by Mykola Leontovich, arranged by Ricardo Spina. The choir continued with “Do You Hear What I Hear” by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne, arranged by Audrey Snyder. Ashleigh Haas performed a solo during the selection.

To close their performance, the Canfield Cambiata sang “Blue Christmas” by Bill Hayes and Jay Johnson, arranged by Mac Huff. Ryan Lamb performed a solo during the selection.

Scurich then introduced eighth-grader Catherine Esper to perform a violin solo of Jingle Bell Rock, arranged by Lloyd Conley.

Canfield High School’s Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Kelly Scurich, performed a twist on “Deck the Halls” arranged by James McKelvey and finished with “Santa’s Rockin‘ Round the Clock Tonight!” arranged by Kirby Shaw.

The eighth-grade choir then took the stage to perform “Antiphonal Deck the Hall” by Greg Gilpin and were accompanied by eighth-grader Julia Mosher. The choir continued with “A Carol Tapestry” by Mary Lynn Lightfoot and continued with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Johnny Marks, arranged by Mac Huff.

The eighth-graders closed their portion of the concert with “Sleigh Ride” by Mitchell Parish and Leroy Anderson.

While the seventh- and eighth-grade choirs took the stage together for the finale, Scurich led the audience in a sing-a-long of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks, “Frosty the Snowman” by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” by J. Fred Coots.

To close the Winter Concert, the seventh- and eighth-grade students sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane.

Student accompanists included, seventh-graders Elsa Pfrenger, Madeline Ross and Jocelyn Zhao and eighth-grader Julia Mosher. Stephen Ley served as percussionist and Ruth Balestra, of Ruth’s Dance and Fitness, provided choreography.

“Thank you for all your support. It is important to be a part of the arts. The arts provide a well-rounded education and well-rounded individuals,” Scurich said to end the evening.

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