Music departments prepare for final concerts with fun pieces

by: Mary Kate Bandstra /

As this school year is coming to a close, the PCHS Music Department is preparing for their last concerts of the year. The final choir concert is May 9 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The Cantabile will sing a variety of songs including sacred medleys like “My Spirit Looks to God Alone” and current popular songs like “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman movie.

Concert Choir will be singing dramatic pieces such as “The Conversion of Saul” and more popular songs like “Africa” by Toto. Together, the two choirs will sing “He Never Failed Me Yet,” a classic gospel styled piece. “I love the diversity of music on this concert: everything from showtunes to jazz to barbershop to gospel,” said choir conductor Tim Van Voorst. “There’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

The annual Pops Concert closes out the school year on the band side of things. On May 15 at 7:00, the band will hold the Pops Concert with the theme of “FUN.”  Band director Shannon Dykstra sees the Pops Concert as her students’ fourth quarter ‘final’ in band, as the spring semester is a flurry of activity with the SCIBA Honor Band, LHC Honor Band, February Concert, Solo and Ensemble Contest, Tulip Time and the Pops Concert.  “The Pops Concert music is ‘lighter’ and mostly toe tapping tunes. Lots of fun and a great way to end the year!” she said.

Fun it is, as the band will be performing some of Hollywood’s biggest hits. Pieces from Jaws, Star Trek, Forrest Gump, and E.T. are just a few of the big medleys being performed. “The best part of the concert would be the awesome tunes and, of course, the ice cream!” said Dykstra.


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