VMD Warms Cold Hearts with Music

Kim Fisher
The acapella choir sings during the mid-winter VMD Concert

Despite the threat of cold weather conditions, the Heights Vocal Music Department,VMD, performed their mid-winter concert on March 1st. The performance started at 7:00 p.m and ended early at 9:00 p.m due to heavy snowfall. This cut two of the groups from the performance, but that did not dampen the spirits of the other groups who fluidly sang their song sets before handing the stage over to the next group. Three soloists, who will be performing in the Ohio Music Education Association Conference, the OMEA, also sang in between the groups.

To kick off the evening, the Men’s Chorus sang beautiful renditions of I Will Sing Hallelujah and We Sail the Ocean Blue. After they left the stage, Senior and OMEA soloist Gerald Shazor took the audience’s breath away. “I didn’t know how it would go because I’m a little sick,” Shazor says but that did not stop him from beautifully performing a song named Per la gloria d’adorarvi. For Shazor, this was his first solo in a school setting, which he describes as more stressful than his normal Church setting since there were higher expectations and more people present.      

Ted Byers, another OMEA soloist, performed O del mio dolce ardor for the audience. After his solo, the Women’s Chorus sang I’m Going to Sing and My Johnny’s a Soldier and the third OMEA soloist Grant Heineman performed Il mio bel foco. The Women’s Chorus sang Miss Austen, All That Hath Life & Breath, and finally Praise Ye Lord! The Men’s Chorus meanwhile completed Plenty Good Room, Liebe, and the ever funny old sea shanty What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor for the audience. To end the first half of the night the A Capella Choir entertained people with beautiful renditions of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing, There Will Be Rest, Deamon Irrepit Callidus, and Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia.

Unfortunately, due to a large amount of snow accumulation that evening, the Barbershoppers did not perform. Gold Rush, the pop A Capella group, sang Sing, Doo Wop, and With A Little Help From My Friends. To finish off the night, the Heights Singers performed What’d I Say, Hallelujah I Love Him So, and Georgia On My Mind. Thanks to Mr. Jesse Lang and Ms. Anne Wilson, all groups amazed the audience with their special singing talents. Stage Crew also deserves a hand for manning the lights, sound system, and getting the stage ready for each half of the concert.

Good job to everyone involved!