STA choir hosts annual Spring Concert

Directed by STA Director of Choirs Steve Perry, accompanied by Robert Pherigo and led by choir council captains Rose Genaris and Libby Terril, the STA choir showcased select pieces Mar. 21.


The STA choir puts on their annual Spring Concert Mar. 21. During the final two songs, all three choirs combined, accompanied first by Larry Figg on cello and then by Samantha Wagner on accordian, Kent Raush on djembe, Diana Edwin on tambourine and STA Staff Accompanist Robert Pherigo on piano. photo by Gabby Staker

by Gabby Staker, Page Designer

Part of a send off to the District Large Group Contest Festival Mar. 25, the Concert Choir, STA Chorale and STA Singers put on the Spring Concert Mar. 21 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The songs were diverse in origin, from a traditional African-American spiritual to a 19th century Quaker hymn and a Serbian folk song. Concert Choir, composed of freshmen, sang “Shine on Me,” arranged by Rollo Dilworth, followed by the STA Chorale and STA Singers’ performances of Gwyneth Walker’s “How Can I Keep from Singing?” and Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs”. The concert ended with a mass concert where all three choirs joined in together for two pieces: David Brunner’s “O Music,” and Ilija Rajkovič’s “Makedonsko devojče.”

The auditorium was crowded with parents, teachers and classmates listening to the sonorous harmonies of the singers, accompanied at times by piano, accordion, violin, cello, djembe and tambourine.

Seniors Rose Genaris and Libby Terril are co-captains of the choir council this year, in charge of organizing Creative Grounds, planning each concert, creating a script and decorating the stage according to the season.

“These next few concerts are going to be a tad bit emotional because I’m coming to a close of my whole chorale career here at STA,” Genaris said, reflecting back on her time with the chorale. “It’s been a great four years, but they’ve flown and so the realization that they’re almost over is kind of hard… It’s changed me as a person.”