By Carlee Frank

The SGI Music Department has spent decades encouraging musical study and appreciation in its students, and 2017 is no different. This year, the high school band, chorus and orchestra students will be performing at the annual Winter Concert and later in the school year, traveling to Albany and New York City for performances and workshops.

When asked about next week’s performance, SGI orchestra teacher Scott Roudebush said the orchestra set will include, “Meditation for Strings (based on 17th century French song) – Richard Stephan; Millennium (a contemporary piece evoking the movie music of John Williams) – Richard Meyer; and Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson.”

He added that, “Orchestra members are working hard and showing improvement.”

Chorus teacher Julie Noeson said the chorale portion will include White Winter Hymnal (a contemporary a cappella arrangement by Pentatonix which uses body percussion); Shepherd’s Chorus (from the opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti); Let it Snow (a vocal jazz take on the classic winter song, featuring SGI alumni jazz pianist, Allen (AJ) Braman); and Carol of the Bells (a cappella, traditional).

Finally, according to SGI band teacher Joe Gervase, the band will perform “Different Voices” by Rick Kirby (three Movements, each representing different manners of the human voice; i.e. spoken voice, whispers, voices of song); and Highlights from Beauty and the Beast arranged by John Moss (this medley includes Belle, Gaston, Be Our Guest and Beauty and the Beast).

The winter concert is on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. in the SGI High School’s Lyle G. Palmer Auditorium.

The upcoming tour of New York City is set for May 2018. However, the students will also stop in Albany to perform at the State Capital building and take a workshop at the College of St. Rose.

Once in NYC, Noeson said there will be a performance in the Central Park Bandshell.

She added, “Students will see a Broadway show, the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial, to name a few. The students will also take part in clinics put on by professionals in the music industry— these professionals include Springville alumni and professionals from the Buffalo region.”

Come support the students of the SGI Music Department next Wednesday, and stay up to date with ongoing performances on the SGI website.