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SCSD Students Perform at 2015 All-City Choral Festival

By Staff


2015-03-28-jb-choral-9111Choral students from schools across the Syracuse City School District recently came together to perform at the 2015 All-City Choral Festival at H.W. Smith Pre-K-8 School, SCSD officials stated.

In addition, officials said H.W. Smith music teacher Todd Laffer hosted the event, which allowed choral students to perform with their peers from other SCSD schools.

“All-City allows a much greater number of students to participate in the festival experience than would be possible otherwise,” Laffer stated. “Many of these students don’t have much interaction outside of their neighborhoods. Music festivals allow students to interact in a positive, and productive, environment with others from all over the city.”

Schools sent around 10 students each to participate in the city-wide ensemble.

In addition, Virginia Labatos conducted the elementary chorus, accompanied by Marie Koch, and managed by Christine DeLuca.

The ensemble included students from Bellevue, Delaware, Dr. Weeks, Ed Smith, Franklin, Frazer, H.W. Smith, Hughes, Huntington, LeMoyne, Meachem, Porter, Roberts, Salem Hyde, Van Duyn, and Webster schools.

The group performed four songs, including “A Tribute (arr. Mark Brymer),” and “Elijah Rock (Roger Emerson).”

Additionally, the middle school chorus, which included students from Clary, Danforth, Ed Smith, ELMS, Frazer, H.W. Smith, Huntington, and the Middle School Alternative Program at Phoenix, performed “Scarborough Fair (Roger Emerson),” “Lean On Me (with We Shall Overcome, Mark Hayes)” and “Exsulate Cantamos Festivo (Jay Althouse).”

Amanda Sky Harris conducted the group, accompanied by Rebecca Pena, and managed by Jordan Ashley.

“The All-City Choir Festival is an amazing opportunity for talented young singers to create a meaningful musical experience for themselves, and those around them,” Ashley stated. “This collaboration helps them to grow as musicians, and teaches them the benefits of partnership in a larger society.”

In addition, Jose Peppie Calvar II conducted the high school chorus, accompanied by Priscilla Babilonia, and managed by Eveny Parker.

Corcoran, Fowler, Henninger, and Nottingham students made up the ensemble. The students performed four pieces, including “Lord, Lay Your Healing Hands Upon Me (Rollo Dilworth),” and “Beethoven’s Wig (arr. Michael Geiger).”

During the event finale, students sang “Canto de alabanza (Peppie Calvar),” conducted by the composer himself, and accompanied by Babilonia.