Muscatine choirs change up tradition

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The Muscatine High School choir program held one of their four annual choir concerts on February 27 at 7 p.m. The concert involved all four curricular choirs: freshman choir, concert choir, treble choir, and a capella choir. This concert was not a traditional choir concert that the choir program usually presents. This concert consisted of new music, guest performers, and a different concert location.

The concert was held at Wesley United Methodist Church. There were nine guest performers. Guest performers are not usually anything new, as guests have come in to accompany the choir, but this is the first time the choir program has made the guest performers the feature of the concert. The guest musicians performed along with the choir to make it something the high school choir has never done before. This took a lot of practice and tedious rehearsals with the students and guests, but they pulled off a unique performance for family and community members to enjoy.
“We really try to keep our concerts fresh and different, to keep the students and ourselves as directors challenged and excited about performing,” said head choral director Jonathan Ryan, reflecting on the previous concerts.

The choirs had the honor of performing with local musicians as well as the organ professor at University of Iowa. The guest performers were Dr. Greg Hand from the of University of Iowa on the organ, Jan Phillips on oboe, Alice Spoto on the flute, Juan Mendoza as a guest vocalist, Jessica Blanchard on the accordion, Richard Sessler on the piano, Jonathan Thoma on the string bass, Lee Plumber on percussion, and senior Emily Fillmore on the violin.

Catch the MHS Choirs at their last concert of the 2016-2017 school year on May 8 at 7 p.m. in the Muscatine High School auditorium.