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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Holyoke junior high, high school and Select choirs celebrated the end of the school year with their annual spring concert Thursday, May 12 at HHS auditorium.

Vocal students were under the direction of Marcia Dalton. Also helping out at the concert were Maury Kramer, Patricia Wiebers and Shawna Bergstrom.

Junior high chorus sang “Land of our Dreams” with soloist Taylor Goldenstein, “Seize the Day” with soloist Lynnette Stark and “Keep Holding On” with soloists Dani Brandt, Lori McWilliams, Makenna Bishop, Peyton Dittmer and Megan Vieselmeyer. They finished up with “It’s My Life.”

Junior highers Makenna Bishop and Peyton Dittmer, with teacher
Marcia Dalton in the background, take the mic for a duet during the
song “Keep Holding On.”          —Enterprise photo

High school choir members were featured in “Imagine” with soloist Brooke Parker, “Soon and Very Soon” and “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” Choral Highlights from “Grease” was another fun song for the high schoolers.

In the Select Choir portion of the concert, “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” featured senior vocalists in the group including Sarah Heermann, Chantel Rafert, Kaylee Groshans, Ella Stewart, Seth Baker and Brian DeBoer. The song was arranged by Maury Kramer.

Select Choir members Eva Penzing and Brittney Prottsman were soloists in “Over the Rainbow” while Trevor Dalton, Elissa Baker, Jaydin Goldenstein and Brian DeBoer were soloists in “Surf’s Up!”

Select Choir members Brian DeBoer, Ryan Parker, Trevor Dalton and Tanner Smith take it away
during the “Surf’s Up!” medley.           —Enterprise photo

Solo numbers at Thursday’s concert included “Go Light Your World” by Ella Stewart, “Always on Your Side” by Kaylee Groshans, “Blessings” by Jordan Zeiler, “The House that Built Me” by Natasha Peregoy and “If I Die Young” by Mariah Struckmeyer.

Ella Stewart and Kaylee Groshans sang a “Wicked” duet called “For Good.” The trio of Camille Elliott, Alexis Lenhart and Elissa Baker sang “Inscription of Hope” with narrator Eva Penzing.

Pre-concert entertainment featured junior high soloists Luke Stewart, “My Girl;” Lynnette Stark, “American Honey;” and Kaety Overton, “Reflection.”

High school vocalists have fun with the hand jive during the “Grease”
medley at Thursday’s concert. Students are pictured from left, front
row, Patricia Adams and Chantel Rafert; second row, Zach Roll and
Trevor Dalton; third row, Jesus Hermosillo and Payin Becerra; and
back row, Jordan Bernard, Chris Yanez and Seth Baker.  
—Enterprise photo

The conclusion of the concert recognized and honored senior choir members Patricia Adams, Seth Baker, Brian DeBoer, Ty Glittenberg, Kaylee Groshans, Sarah Heermann, Chantel Rafert, Ella Stewart and Chris Yanez.

A combined junior high and high school choir sang the seniors the song “Like an Eagle.”

The seniors finished the concert with a surprise serenade of Bruno Mars’ song “Just the Way You Are” for Dalton. Tears were flowing steadily, with the seniors and their music teachers regretting having to say goodbye at the end of a great high school music career.

Seniors surprised vocal teacher Marcia Dalton with a serenade of
Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” a song that proved to be a
real tear-jerker for the teacher and seniors who simply didn’t want
to say goodbye. Pictured from left are Kaylee Groshans, Brian DeBoer,
Ella Stewart and Dalton.         —Enterprise photo