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Music takes center stage at annual Honors Choir performance
Music takes center stage at annual Honors Choir performance
Posted on 01/10/2020
Honors choir students performing

The annual Honors Choir concert brought more than 60 of the district’s top vocal music students together from each elementary school for a one-night-only performance.

The group performed seven songs representing a variety of musical genres at a special public performance January 8 at Henry Ford II High School.

Susan Rosso, music teacher and co-chairwoman of the K-12 Performing Arts Department, told audience members the students were selected based on auditions held in the fall.

"On the stage before you are representatives of some of the best singers in all 25 elementary schools," she said.

Rosso, secondary music teacher Jennifer Gard-Eret and elementary teacher Dana Gress have worked together over the past four months to teach and choreograph students. 

The honors choir’s songs this year were:

•Flight of the Grackles by Janet Gardner
 Lunar Lullaby by Jacob Narverud
  How Can I Keep From Singing  Arranged by Greg Gilpin
 Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin' Arranged by Gret Gilpin
•Duerme, No Lores, Arranged by Juan Tony Guzman
 Sing Arranged by Mark Brymer
 Wau Bulan Arranged by Tracy Wong

Music was purchased for the choir by the Utica Community Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Students also got a look at their future when they watched the Utica High School choir perform songs, under the direction of Gard-Eret.

Honors Choir students this year are:

Beacon Tree
Jordan Gabridge
Isobel Tuffy

Beck
Mya Afram
Addison Daniels

Browning
Sofi Zetouna
McKenna Anderson

Burr
Ella Bersine
Sienna Baker
Raine Thomas

Collins
Hillary Haskell
Joaquin Labasbas

Crissman
Greer Nimmo
Tessa Ohrt

DeKeyser
Emma Schroth
Gabriela Velasco

Dresden
Issy Hillwig
Merion Moroki

Duncan
Hope Irwin
Ashli Kuehn
Gabriella Ott

Ebeling
Smridhi Chanda
Ava Yono
Aidan McDonald

Flickinger
Hannah Hullinger
Sophia Watson

Graebner
Jae Gonzalez
Sabre Williams
Bradley Whims
Michalina Woloszyn

Harvey
Annabell Fletcher
Anna Baranski

Havel
Dahlyla DeStefano
Tia Mason

Messmore
Brandon Chan
Violet Procunier
Blair Wade
Annabelle Stengel

Monfort
Talia Pawli
Mason Barg
Mary Lubien

Morgan
Audrina Visca
Nashita Aziz
Ra'Yanah Bluestein

Oakbrook
Tessa Bishop
Jillian Kosta

Plumbrook

Gwendolyn Werden
Lillie Stutesman
Jiyah Varghese
Isabella Sciacchitano
Jayden Leslie

Roberts
Jaxson Readett
Natalie Spear

Schuchard
Daniella Stefan
Natalia Fandakly
Johani Blushi

Schwarzkoff
Kelsey Lewandowski
Valentina Mihailovic

Switzer
Abigail Beardsley
Malayla Long

West Utica
Veronica Issa
Peyton Lafontaine

Wiley
Riley McArthur
Lordes Mansoor