Since the first day of school, the Friends Academy Music Department has been preparing for the December 13th Winter Concert. The concert tends to act as the true “kickstart” to winter break. Senior member of the morning choir Freyja Goldstein commented on how the event brings people together and gets everyone in the holiday “spirit”:
“I’m excited for the winter concert. I think it’s a great time for students and teachers and parents to all come together and just have fun, and really get into the holiday spirit,” she said.
Several other senior members of morning choir vocalized their similar excitement for this show, while also reflecting on the idea that this would be their last winter concert.
Specifically, Amber Broder ('17) mentioned her excitement in putting together the finale piece, Sing Joy, in which all students in the concert come together to perform as one complete group. She acknowledged that this was “a bit bittersweet because [she] really enjoy[s] morning choir.”
Senior Gabrielle Bauer also had a positive outlook for both the remainder of this year's morning choir, and for the near future. “I’m feeling a little nostalgic but I’m excited to now take on this new leadership role as one of the leading sopranos along with my fellow sopranos (Amber and Angelique) and I hope that we can pass on a confident legacy to future singers in morning choir,” said Bauer.
Christian Barakat, another senior member of morning choir, discussed his mixed emotions towards this “last” winter concert for him and his peers. “Although the holiday concert is a somber moment for us seniors, knowing that it’s the last time we'll sing carols in front of our friends and family at FA, it’s also a time of celebrating and merrymaking that compares with no other part of the year. Spirits are high at FA, and I look forward to sharing classics like 'Carol of the Bells' and 'Joy to the World' one last time!”
Finally, senior Reed Mullen stated that it is important to focus more on the present, rather than cling to the notion of each and every “last” for seniors. “It’s weird for me because I remember when I was in lower school and I finished my last concert, I was running down the halls yelling ‘We finished our last winter show in lower school!’ I’m just going to try and savor all the moments, take it in, and not think about the ‘lasts’.”
Other pieces that the choir will perform included "Dream a Little Dream of Me",'"For the Longest Time", and "Deo Gratias".
As a member of the morning choir for the past three years, I cannot express what a privilege and honor it has been to sing for this group. For anyone who loves to sing, I strongly encourage you to join morning choir next year. Members are of all different grade levels and backgrounds with different interests and personalities. However, the common thread is a love for music and a resulting microcosm of the Friends Academy community. I have made so many good friends and had so many wonderful experiences, that it almost makes up for the hours of sleep that I have lost each morning to the musical elective.