A note-worthy performance
NUHS Music Department presents: A Combined Choir and Band Concert!
The shining lights are a sure sign that NUHS’s choir and bands are hitting the auditorium stage.
On March 28 the NUHS Music Department had its latest concert, which was directed by Ms. Jessica Koehler and accompanied by Mr. Nate Beran.
March 28 is not the only notable choir event that takes place at NUHS.
“The band performs at the homecoming parade and game in the fall. They also perform an indoor marching show in the fall. Some of the band members also perform in the Parade of Lights in November. The choir has Choralfest in the fall and then the band and choir have their winter concert in December. After the holidays, we begin to prepare for our choir and band contests, solo/ensemble day, and our March concert. In May, we have our pops concert. The band and choir also perform at graduation. The band usually marches in the Memorial Day parade, but it has either been rained out or canceled due to Covid, so hopefully, it will happen this year,” said director Ms. Koehler.
Putting on a concert requires lots of work; Ms. Koehler is actively involved to make sure the concert goes smoothly.
“Behind the scenes, I make sure we have someone to help us with lights and sounds. I create and print the concert programs. I make sure the stage is all set for everybody. Then I make sure all of the students know when to be there and what to wear,” Koehler said.
In recent years the music departments numbers have gone down. However, Ms. Koehler has a positive outlook and is looking forward to the future.
“I hope that students in middle school see the opportunities that the high school students have and want to be a part of it. We need more students to be included in band and choir,” said Koehler.
The March 28 concert went according to plan, with a large audience and fantastic music.
“My favorite part of the concert was performing Homeward Bound with all the students. It’s always enjoyable to have the band and choirs come together and perform. It also gives us a chance to learn how to perform together and think about how to balance instruments and voices,” said Koehler.
My favorite part of choir is being part of a unique group,”
— Claire Brown
My favorite part is getting out of school for solo and ensemble concerts.”
— Vincente Munoz
My favorite part of choir is singing songs that you enjoy; for example, we are singing ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno.’”
— Neveah Ubl
Catchin’ the ‘Trane – Nicholas Fernandez
Soloist: Mitchell Schotzko
The Diplomat – John Phillip Sousa
Exhale – Sean O’Loughlin
When I Close My Eyes – Jim Papoulis
Soloists: Aiden Butterfield, Rachel Wiethoff, and Kaelyn Eikanger
Just One Heart – Jim Papoulis
Percussion: Joey Kotten
A Million Dreams – The Greatest Showman
Soloist: Jason Malcolm
Dreams of Thee – Eric William Barnum
Goodbye, Then – Timothy C. Takach
You Will Be Found – Dear Evan Hansen
Soloists: Vincente Munoz, Nevaeh Ubl, and Alex Vigil
CONCERT CHOIR & MIXED CHOIR
Accompanied by: CONCERT BAND
Homeward Bound – Marta Keen/arr. Jay Althouse & Brant Karrick
Soloists: Elizabeth Olson, Ella Ahrens, Claire Brown, Amanda Vogel, & Brooks Miner