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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

“Music Education Orchestrating Success” was the focus at the annual Smorgasbord Concert held Friday, March 1 in the HHS auditorium.

School bands and choirs combined for the musical entertainment and played to a packed auditorium crowd.

Junior high and high school choirs were under the direction of Marcia Dalton; grade 5-12 bands and jazz band were directed by Miko Martinez; and the HHS select choir “Sound Check” was led by Maury Kramer. Sharon Strauss served as accompanist.

“Sound Check” performer Trevor Dalton, pictured at right, takes center stage while fellow select choir
members Brittney Prottsman and Ryan Parker add to the chorus at Friday night’s Smorgasbord Concert. 
 —Enterprise photo

Prior to the evening concert, the Music Parents Association served their traditional smorgasbord meal at the elementary cafeteria and gym to raise funds for the music program.

“Sound Check,” the HHS select choir, took the stage first and entertained with “Stand by Me;” “Hallelujah,” with soloist Eva Penzing; and “Bitten by the Beat.”

Three girls performed vocal solos during the program. They included eighth-grader Megan Humphreys, “Because of You;” seventh-grader Gabriela Masis, “My Heart Will Go On;” and sophomore Kaety Overton, “Land of our Dreams.”

Gabriela Masis earns a standing ovation for her solo “My Heart Will Go On.”
—Enterprise photo

Fifth-grade band member Shianne Willmon was selected as student conductor for “Merrily We Roll Along.” Additionally, the young band members played “Song of the Fjords;” “Eva’s Magic Flute,” named by band member Eva Goytia; and “Go Dad Go,” by band member Emily Jelden.

Sixth-graders performed “Dragon Slayer.”

Lauren Bergner, pictured at left, performs in a number by the 5A portion of the fifth-grade band, while
fellow clarinetist Makenzie Martin waits for the 5B song. —Enterprise photo

For the junior high band’s portion of the program, the audience enjoyed “Clouds” and “The Tempest,” with soloists Jasmine Cazares, Michael Voigt and Israel Lujan.

The HJHS concert choir sang “Seed to Sow” and “World’s Greatest,” while the combined JR/SR High choir presented “Tumbai” and “Ahrirang.”

HHS concert choir members performed “Into the West” and “Riversong,” with soloists Sidney Struckmeyer and Luke Stewart.

Luke Stewart, pictured at left, and Sidney Struckmeyer are featured soloists in the high school concert
choir’s presentation of “Riversong.”  —Enterprise photo

The HHS symphonic band played “Fanfare for a New Age” and “Ash Lawn Echoes,” with soloists Dani Brandt and Kaylee Ham.

The evening program closed with the JR/SR High jazz band. They performed “Mission Impossible,” with soloists Rachel Schneider and Eva Penzing; and “Stairway to Heaven,” with Schneider as soloist.

Music Parents Association president Holli Purkeypile acknowledged sincere appreciation to the music directors in the school system.

Fifth-grade band member Alexeya Bohlender receives a hug from vocal music instructor Marcia Dalton
after being announced as the top ticket salesperson for the Smorgasbord Concert fundraiser. —Enterprise photo

The directors presented flowers to all members of the Music Parents Association: Purkeypile, Steph Krogmeier, Olga Sullivan, Tancy King, Sharon and Al Strauss, Monica Powell and Annette Shaw.

Omimex Petroleum Group was also recognized for their generous donation to the music program.

Top ticket-sellers were recognized and rewarded with prizes during the program. Alexeya Bohlender was the grand prize winner.

Holyoke Enterprise March 7, 2013