Caitlin Grayson – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – It’s already five weeks into the 2016-17 school year, and LRHS chorus and A Capella are already preparing for the many performances they have scheduled this year.
Four chorus classes this year, two more than had been available in the past, requires a lot more attention and work than ever before. These four classes include beginning women’s, advanced men’s, advanced women’s and A Capella.
Beginning women’s course is currently working on songs for the winter concert scheduled for Dec. 13. Advanced men’s is currently working on perfecting audition songs for Candlelight, an annual winter performance at Epcot, Winter Concert songs they will also perform at Music Performance Assessments (MPAs) that occur in March, and starting to work on a song that they will perform in New York. Advanced women’s is also working on perfecting Candlelight audition songs, Winter Concert songs that will be performed at MPAs, as well as starting to learn songs that will be performed in New York. A Capella is working on songs that they will perform at Busch Gardens.
“Currently, advanced women’s and men’s chorus have been working on Candlelight music in preparation for the audition for Disney. Audition will be recorded on Friday Sept. 16,” said LRHS chorus teacher Giselle Panagiotakis. “The beginning classes have been learning the basics and learning some new music for the Winter Concert. Mustang Capella has been brushing up on a few older songs to add to the set we will be performing at Busch Gardens in December. This includes ‘Drummer Boy’ from last year’s Winter Concert, ‘Carol of the Bells,’ ‘Joy to the World,’ ‘Winter Wonderland/Don’t Worry Be Happy’ and many more.”
Freshman Hana Tomik is taking beginning chorus this year.
“I really like this class, but it does require a lot of preparation and time to memorize your parts,” she said. “It’s a fun class but it takes a lot of dedication because practicing outside of school is a big part of chorus.”
Sophomore Giana Dreger is taking advanced women’s chorus as well as MustAng Capella.
“All of the preparation for concerts and gigs take a lot of effort, especially being in two chorus classes to where the workload is doubled,” she said. “We learn many different pieces of music and we rehearse and rehearse to make it perfect.”
Sophomore Julia Gennocro, like Dreger, is taking advanced women’s chorus as well as MustAng Capella.