Hayfield Choir performs at the ZED Choral Festival
Top row: Carter Pesch, Sam Olive, Cole Kruger
3rd row: Carter Louks, Jason Born, Nick Matti
2nd row: Kristen Eggler, Alyssa Monahan, Breanna Tempel, Tylor Tebay
1st row: Kayli Hetrick, Sadie Holtan, Janae Soucek, Sam Dahlen
by Ruth Hanson
The experience that ZED choir members seem to remember best after the twenty-fourth annual ZED Choral Festival is the Festival Choir.
Almost 500 students - the combined choirs of the seven ZED high school choirs - performed together, first a combined performance of "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind" by boys and girls, then the girls singing "And This Shall be for Music" followed by the boys singing the ever popular "There is Nothin' Like a Dame" from "South Pacific."
The finale was Mozart's "Alleluia," sung by the combined choirs and accompanied by the Pine Island High School Symphony Orchestra. That was a show stopper for the high school students and the packed fans in the folding chairs and on the bleachers.
"Our kids especially enjoy hearing the orchestra and singing with the orchestra accompanying them," Craig Anderson, the Triton High School Choir Director, said.
"It's a real treat for our kids to sing with an orchestra," Ryan Evans, the Hayfield High School Concert Choir Director, said.
He added that his students especially enjoy singing the men-only and the women-only pieces.
"They enjoy hearing the other choirs, especially if it's something we've done," he said. "Typically we are the smallest choir, but despite that we are definitely proud to be there and of our performances. The kids know some of the kids in other choirs, often from sports, and they make those connections. The Choir Festival is always a great experience for our kids."
Anderson commented that the festival went really well.
"My kids really love it," he said. "They see old friends and meet kids from other schools. They like to hear the other choirs sing."
He added that putting on the Choir Festival is a big expense for ZED and he appreciates their going to that expense.
The Triton Christmas concert will be December 17, either in the gym or, with any luck, in the new auditorium.
The Hayfield Christmas choir concert is also December 17. The Folk Group and Junior High choirs will be performing "Music of Champions" on Monday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m.