Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Canfield Chamber Choir, under the direction of Kelly Scurich, sang their state performance song “Soon-Ah Will Be Done,” for which they received an Excellent Rating, during the school’s annual spring concert on May 26.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School Choir Director Kelly Scurich (left) recognized senior choir members at the school’s annual spring concert on May 26.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Canfield High School One Octave Higher Choir, under the direction of Kelly Scurich, sang their state competition performance song, “Go, Lassie, Go,” for which they received a Superior Rating, during the school’s annual spring concert on May 26.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Canfield High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Kelly Scurich, performed at the school’s annual spring concert on May 26.
By ABBY SLANKER
The Canfield High School Choral Department hosted its annual spring concert on May 26. Under the direction of Choir Director Kelly Scurich, the concert choir, One Octave High Choir and Canfield Chamber Ensemble performed several songs for family and friends.
Clare Neff, Canfield Choral Boosters president, welcomed the audience to the concert.
“Good evening and welcome to our Spring Concert. This is a very special night for our seniors. It is their last time on our stage. I also want to mention that our music program has been named one of the best in the area, state and nationally. This, in part, is due to the hard work and dedication of Mrs. Scurich, our students and our booster organization, which takes care of everything in the background. We are glad you joined us this evening and thank you very much for coming,” 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 was displayed of each student.
The concert began with the concert choir singing “Edelweiss,” from “The Sound of Music,” arranged by Linda Spevacek. The choir then performed “Ride On, King Jesus,” arranged by L.L. Fleming, featuring a solo by Lillijana Tomko.
The choir closed its portion of the concert under the direction of Rebecca Enlow, student teacher from the Youngstown State University Dana School of Music. Enlow directed the students singing “You’ve Got a Friend,” arranged by Mac Huff and featuring solos by Abby Emerick and Anthony Mariani. The students also incorporated sign language into their performance.
“These students have been delightful to work with,” Scurich said, as they took their bow.
Senior soloist Annie Vallas performed “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel.
Next to perform was the One Octave Higher Choir, and in introducing them, Scurich told the audience they had received a superior rating at the state competition.
The choir started with their state performance song, “Go, Lassie, Go,” arranged by Christi Miller. Next, the choir sang “Cups,” arranged by Deke Sharon and then closed their performance with a fun rendition of “Ma, He’s Making Eyes At Me” by Con Conrad.
Senior soloist David Labra performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Paul Simon.
The Canfield Chamber Ensemble then took the stage.
“The Canfield Chamber Choir received an excellent rating at state with our first song. Such artistic detail is needed to sing this song, this spiritual,” Scurich said in introducing the choir.
The choir started with their state performance song “Soon-Ah Will Be Done” by William Dawson. They followed that song with “If I Can’t Love Her,” from “Beauty and the Beast,” arranged by Alan Menkin, featuring a duet by Camille Bagnola and Alex Kluchar.
The final senior solo was performed by Rosie Bresson, singing “A New Life,” from “Jeklye and Hyde” by Frank Wildhorn.
Before the final performance of the evening, an awards presentation took place, with several students being recognized and honored, including Annie Vallas, the winner of the Steven Snodgrass Scholarship.
“I would like to say thank you to the parents, and especially the retiring officers. It has been a pleasure working with these ladies. I can’t thank them enough for their contributions,” Scurich said.
To end the concert, all choirs come together, and 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 Ben Brucoli, Chase Chizmar, Kiel Fizet, Abhijitt Khatiwada, Austin Kupec, David Labra, Andrew Letscher, Anthony Mariani and Sabato Sorice.
The choreographer for the concert was Scurich, with Kay Williams and Thomas Scurich serving as paraprofessionals. Sign language was taught by Rebecca Enlow. Accompanists were Ronnie Sue Gregory and Courtney Larson, with Nicole Schmidt and Maddie Urig serving as student conductors. Student accompanists included Emma Kadilak, Jessica Lee, Max Lee, Jonathan Scurich and Allyson Viano, with David Labra and Alex Kluchar serving as instrumentalists.