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Students Give Fantastic Performances in the Final Concert of the Year

Kelly Slonaker

On Friday, May 21, student-musicians and vocalists gave a fantastic performance in the Chapel of Our Lady. The Spring Serenade was a celebration of music by the Carillon Guild, Chamber Ensemble, Chorale, Orchestra, and Varsity Voices, most of whom gave their first live performances of the year. Limited in-person seating was offered and students had the opportunity to watch via livestream both remotely and on the projector in the Steers Center. Many family and friends tuned into the live broadcast to enjoy the performances.

The Spring Serenade featured beautiful performances of well-known classics by Mozart and Wagner and more contemporary hits such as “Somebody I Used to Know” (Gotye, arrangement by Pentatonix) and “Count on Me” (Bruno Mars, arrangement by Beck). Students in each of the ensembles spent the past several months preparing for the show. Members of the Carillon Guild included Katherine Datlow ’24, Yurou Li ’21, Qingzhi (George) Tu ’22, and Qixiu (Neil) Yao ’22. The Chamber Ensemble included students Annaleise Booth ’23, Ian Fernandes ‘22, Lorelai Lee Swanek ’21, and Sandra Xu ’21 on violin, and Beckett Reynolds ’23 on cello. Chorale included
Katherine Delamere ’21 (who also played the ukulele), Colleen Gallagher ’24, Kayleigh Keefe ’21, Emily Lang ’24, Yurou Li ’21, Andrew Martin ’23, Fiona Yao ’23, and Lezhi (Martin) Zhang ’24. Orchestra was composed of students Camryn Beauvais ’24 and Laurie Etienne ’24 on flute; Annaleise Booth ’23, Giselle Bradshaw ’21, Lorelai Lee Swanek ’21, and Sandra Xu ’21 on violin; Hayden Devorsetz ’24 on tuba; Kennison Harmon ’21 on cello; and Steven Song ’24 on piano. Varsity Voices members included Ava Faruol ’24, Colleena Healy ’21, Andrew Ji ’23, Stella McCormack ’21, Sylvia Pinheiro ’24, Sydney Ragland ’21, Cooper Stepankiw ’22, Bryce Stone ‘23, Oscar Wang ’21, and Qixiu (Neil) Yao ’22. Director of Theater Sarah Armstrong served as the Director for the Carillon Guild, Varsity Voices, and Chorale, and music teacher Hafez Taghavi conducted the Chamber Ensemble and Orchestra. Christopher Scott Rich was the accompanist for Chorale.

This was the final concert performance as Canterbury students for Sixth Form singers and musicians, and they expressed gratitude for being able to play one last time with friends and faculty present. Sandra Xu ’21 said, “Since we weren’t able to have a concert during my Fifth Form year, I was very grateful to be able to perform live again this spring. It felt like a great culmination of my four years playing in Chamber and Orchestra and I’ll be sad to not be a part of the ensembles anymore.”

Congratulations to all involved for a wonderful concert!


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