Band, choirs prepare for upcoming concert

by Piper King/ pipking21@pceagles.org

PC’s first concert of the 2019/2020 school year will be on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:00 pm. The lineup for the concert will start with combined Cantabile and Concert Choir singing “Bring Me Little Water, Silvy” arranged by Moira Smiley. That will be followed by Cantabile, and then Concert Choir. After a brief intermission, the marching band will perform. 

With motivation, a lot of hard work is produced. “I think the Cantabile students are most looking forward to performing the gospel piece, “I Sing Because I’m Happy” by Rollo Dilworth. For Concert Choir, “Oh My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose” with words from the Robert Burns poem and music by René Clausen is a beautiful piece that the choir is performing very expressively,” said choral director Tim Van Voorst.

The band will play a variety of pieces from their halftime show including “Never Enough/From Now On,” “The Greatest Show,” and “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman

With the fall concert coming so quickly, directors have to work hard in order to be prepared in time. “It’s always a challenge in the fall to balance the need to teach music literacy and vocal technique with the need to prepare pieces for a concert performance,” stated Van Voorst.

In addition to limited time, the band also had to adjust to a new director and new members. “It’s been hard to adapt to all of the new changes and challenging music,” said instrumentalist Nia Hoekstra.

But for the band, togetherness is a key aspect of playing well. “One of the band’s biggest strengths is our family environment. We all support and help each other out when we’re struggling,” said Hoekstra. 

Throughout all of the challenges, both the vocalists and the band manage to stay motivated. “I feel the most motivated when the students encourage each other. “I feel like the choir does it’s best when everybody shows a positive outlook,” stated sophomore soprano Lauren Trotter. 

 

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