Highly talented junior high and high school students showcased their artistic skills, gifted voices, and endowed musical abilities Saturday at the Spring Art and Education Fair at Mt. Healthy Jr/Sr High School. Families were first treated to the beautiful voices of the Junior High Choir, Freshman Women’s Choir, and the High School Ensemble Choir. The groups performed “Sing” by J. Raposo and solos with Aysha Diallo and Mikaylah Lewis, “America the Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates and solos with Karim Carrasquillo, “Where is Love” by Lionel Bart, “Jubilant Song” by M. Lightfoot, “Seeking to Become” by L. Spevacek, “I Can Feel the Ryhythm” by C. Miller, “I Will Be Here” by S.C. Chapman with a solo by Olina Jones, “I Love a Piano” by Irvin Berlin, “Let Freedom Ring” by L. Harris, and “True Religion” by R. Carter with Maria Boehl singing a solo. Chanel Roberson sang “Ava Maria” with accompaniment from the choir.
In the main gym, the band program was set for several lively performances. The Winter Guard, directed by Mrs. Quintero, performed first to “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. Their flags twirled in time with the music. They were followed by the Jr/Sr High Jazz Band with “Let the Good Times Roll” by Ray Charles and “Brother Ray” by Howard Rowe with soloists by Winston Jones, Aidan Burress, and Amaya Person. The 7th and 8th Grade Bands performed together as well as separately. Combined the 7th and 8th Graders played “Incantation and Ritual” by Bryan Balmages and “Imperium” by Michael Sweeney. The combined group will be participating in a junior high competition with…The High School Concert Band, a combination of freshmen and sophomores, performed “Seconds Out” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Tales of Dundee” by Robert Sheldon, and “Teenage Dream/Super Bass” arranged by Victor Lopez. The final performance of the afternoon was the High School Symphonic Band, which is comprised of mostly juniors, seniors and a few invited sophomores. They played “Overture for Winds” by Charles Carter, “The Great Locomotive Chase” by Robert W. Smith, and selections from Moana by Lin-Manuel Miranda. There were solo performances by Bryan Bernardo, Cassie Wesley, Alysa Abrams, Sandy Trinh, and Maria Jones.
Families also had the opportunity to view some of the imaginative skills in students’ art drawings, mixed media, watercolors, 3D art, and several other types in the cafeteria. Also included, the junior high, Achieve, and a few other classes displayed projects and assignments they’ve been completing this year. For more information or to view pictures of the art shown, please visit the Jr/Sr High web site at www.jrsr.mthcs.org/apps/albums/school.