On Dec. 13, the annual chorus and band winter concert was held in the Salisbury High School auditorium. Students had been preparing since the beginning of the school year. Traditional songs such as "Angels We Have Heard On High" sung by the newly established a cappella group "Descant Get Enough" and "The First Noel" sung by the chorus were just two of the highlights of the concert.
"I enjoy the singing and getting to know different people," sophomore Hannah Phillips said.
Descant Get Enough was established in the spring of 2012. Referred to as "advanced chorus," students have a chance to broaden their musical abilities while learning to sight read and sing a cappella.
Due to schedule changes this year, chorus is divided into two groups; block chorus and club chorus. Block chorus is held during the last block of the school day (days one, three and five) lasting 80 minutes. Club chorus is held during Falcon Period.
There was no jazz band at the 2012 winter concert and it was missed by many students and members of the audience alike. Former director Ted Steinbrecher moved to Arizona and is continuing his occupation there.
"Our school's jazz band sounded great, so I think it would be nice to start it up again," junior band member Michelle Dang said. Dang is a 7-year band member. For some people, the lack of a jazz band to complete the concert scene was slightly beneficial.
"I missed it, but I just don't see how it could have fit into my schedule!" senior Thomas Walters said.
Ms. Rachel Reinecke has been a choral conductor for six years and relocated to the high school in the 2011-2012 school year. Reinecke said she enjoys watching the students grow and mature through the years.
"I'm in an interesting position," she said. Given the fact she taught middle school chorus, she finds it advantageous to see students changing on a broader level. The change of vocal ability changes more drastically from sixth to 12th than ninth to 12th alone.
Keystone Exams are set to take place in early January, 2013; topics include biology (grades nine, 10 and 11), literature (grades 10 and 11) and algebra 1 (grades eight through 11). Juniors who have scored proficient or advanced in the ninth grade trial of the biology Keystone test are exempt from taking it.
Good luck to all.
Lastly, I wish everyone a productive, enjoyable new year.