The annual Fall Collage Concert Sunday (Oct. 20) provided a showcase for the vocal and instrumental music talents of Junior/Senior High School students. Vocal music director Donna Wipfli said the concert "created a quilt of music where the patterns and colors changed from one piece to the next even as they were connected without pause."
The event featured performances by the Concert Choir, The Choraliers, Junior High Choir, Junior Chorale, Concert Band, Marching Band, and High School Drumline. Mrs. Wipfli and instrumental music director Michael Leeds carefully chose songs that helped develop the skills and talents of our young musicians. More than 200 students performed selections from classical to contemporary. The audience was thoroughly impressed with the beauty and complexity of the selections.
Favorites included Jake Runestad’s “Nyon, Nyon,” Lynn DeShazo’s “Ancient Words,” “A Thousand Years,” and “Festival Sanctus” by The Choraliers; “I Am but a Small Voice” and “You’ve Got a Friend” by Concert Choir; “Jai Ho!” and “Stand Up and Cheer” by the Marching Band; “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” “Hey Ho, Nobody Home” and “Bonse Aba” by the Junior High Choir; “Hymn of Thanksgiving” and “Colonel Bogey March” by the Junior High Concert Band; a cadence series by the High School Drumline; and John Lennon’s “Imagine” by the Junior Chorale.
Congratulations to all of our performers and Mrs. Wipfli, Mr. Leeds and drum major and senior Rohit Mukherjee. And thank you to accompanists Steve Wipfli and Robert Duris.
District music programs would not be possible without the generous support from the Ottawa Hills Music & Theatre Association’s (OHMTA) members and community partners. Please consider supporting the vocal and instrumental programs by joining OHMTA. Download a membership form
Lastly, the band is taking a trip to Toronto in mid-January and The Choraliers will be traveling to New York in early March to perform at Carnegie Hall. If you are interested making a donation to either of these trips, please contact Mrs. Wipfli or Mr. Leeds.