Musical Talents Shine on Stage

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The spring season was an opportune time for students at Shore Road, Winthrop Avenue and Reinhard to exhibit their much-improved musical skills during respective spring concerts.

Under the batons of orchestra director Kathy Rostholder, vocal director Laura Laude and band director Zach St. John, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Shore Road performed a variety of classical and popular tunes during the school’s annual concert featuring the orchestra, chamber orchestra, chorales, chorus, select band and band.

Winthrop Avenue student-musicians followed with a concert in the school gym with instrumental and choral selections. While the orchestra and cadet band, under the direction of Kathleen Rostholder and Zachary St. John, performed a mixture of classical and modern pieces, the chorus, under the baton of Erica Davis, performed more popular music by Justin Timberlake and Bob Marley. Dance choreography by teacher Mallory Cogen and piano accompaniment by student Valentino DeLuna rounded out the program. In addition, the Recorder Club, also under the direction of Erica Davis, performed Don Muro’s “A Touch of Spain.”  

The month commenced with a concert by second-grade Reinhard students, under the direction of Randi Andersen, entirely about bugs. The students donned sparkly antennae as they sang “Goin’ Buggy,” “The Honeybee Song,” “Inch Worm” and “Fuzzy Little Caterpillar,” and utilized glow rings to light up the stage during a special performance of “Firefly, Firefly.” Teacher Mallory Cogen provided the choreography, which included dancing butterflies, glow rings and a crawling inch worm.

The music teaching staff not only applauded the progress their students have made during the school year, but thanked the Board of Education and community for their undying support of the arts.