WMS, WHS choirs to perform first concert of the year Monday
“I am so thrilled with the work they have done this fall, and it’s always such a joy to kick off our concert season with this combined concert that gives our students a chance to perform for each other as well as for the audience.”
WORTHINGTON — Choirs from the Worthington Middle School and Worthington High School will perform at 7 p.m. Monday in the WHS gym, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
The WHS choral program features 110 singers in grades nine through 12.
“I am so thrilled with the work they have done this fall, and it’s always such a joy to kick off our concert season with this combined concert that gives our students a chance to perform for each other as well as for the audience,” said Kerry Johnson, WHS music teacher. “I continue to be amazed by the creativity and dedication shown by our students, and we are so excited to share our first concert of the year with you.”
Varsity Choir will sing “Come to the Music” by Joseph M. Martin and “Glorious” by Stephanie Mabey.
Concert Choir will be singing “Ukuthula,” arranged by Andre van der Merwe with Quinn Benz as the soloist, “God Will Give Orders/Sweet Child” by Sarah Quartel, with Jose Flores playing cello, and “Stand by Me,” arranged by Mark De-Lisser, with Savannah Rodriguez as the soloist.
Kris Stewart will accompany the Varsity and Concert choirs.
The WMS program includes 116 students.
The Sixth Grade Choir will begin with “Happiness Runs,” a traditional American song arranged by Earlene Rentz, and continue with a South African folk song, “Singabahambayo,” with the lyrics that means “We are pilgrims on this earth, but our home is in heaven. We say Hallelujah.”
The Seventh Grade Choir will sing a traditional Zambian folk song, “Bonse Aba,” which was arranged by Victor C. Johnson. Its lyrics are “All who sing have the right to be called the children of God.” Percussion instruments will accompany the choir. They will also sing “We’re A Choir” by Mark Burrows.
The Eighth Grade Choir will start with their own version of “Obwisana (Goin’ to Ghana),” a folk song from Ghana, and “Grant Us Peace (Dona Nobis Pacem),” by Dave and Jean Perry.
All of the choirs will combine to finish the concert with “Draw the Circle Wide” by Mark A. Miller.
Families of singers should note there will be a required mass choir rehearsal for all singers in grades six through 12 at 6 p.m. Monday.