Band, Choir Collaborate for Fall Concert

The Valley Southwoods Freshman High School Vocal Music and Band Departments will present their 2015 Fall Concert at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Staplin Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The Valley Southwoods chamber choir, Southwoods Singers, will perform songs from the OPUS Honor Choir, including “Ubi Caritas” by Richard Kidd; “Gift to be Simple,” arranged by Bob Chilcott; and a selection from “Three Songs from a Shropshire Lad” by Rhobert Rhein. The choir will be under the direction of Southwoods choir director Heather Nail and student teacher Chloe Peterson. The freshman concert band, under new band director Samantha Beeman, will highlight the Halloween season with “Abracadabra” by Frank Ticheli, as well as the programmatic piece “Mt. Everest,” and “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite,” Karl King’s well-known circus march.

The Valley Southwoods Freshman High School band program has distinguished itself at local, regional, and national events. Students may participate in various individual and small group music opportunities. The vocal music department offer a wide range of experiences for students interested in vocal music. The Valley Southwoods choirs are Treble Clef, Bass Clef, and the Valley Southwoods Singers. Each ensemble presents three to four concerts a year. The choirs also attend state and regional festivals and contests, and have opportunities to perform nationally and internationally.