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Winter Concert Spreads Joy and Good Cheer

Winter Concert Spreads Joy and Good Cheer
Jim Norman

There was plenty of jingle bell rockin’ on the hilltop last Friday as Canterbury students took the stage for the Winter Concert. The campus community packed Maguire Auditorium for the annual musical celebration of the season—and the performers did not disappoint!

Our Contemporary Music Bands and Jazz-Rock-Pop Ensemble had the crowd cheering and singing along to a lively mix of traditional and contemporary holiday songs, from Silent Night to Funky Ol’ St. Nick to, yes, Jingle Bell Rock.

Director of Music David Overthrow was delighted with how his students rose to the occasion for the show. “It is my honor to teach such immensely talented students and to witness their passion for creating and performing music, which they do at such a high level,” he said.  “All of the groups worked tirelessly to give a magnificent performance, and I am incredibly proud of them.” 

These Saints certainly earned the accolades they received from their audience and teacher:

Contemporary Music Band—Major course
Asher Hughes ’24
Connor Koh ’23
Morgan Lau ’24
Xavier Leone ’23
Jiarui “Jerry” Liu ’25
Kate McDonough ’24
Ryan Oemcke ’24
Patrick Toon ’25
Yijie “Jack” Wang ’23 

Contemporary Music Band—Minor course
Eliza Agredano ’24
Irene Chen ’24
Ava Faruol ’24
Rahee “Ren” Kim ’25
Andrew Martin ’23
Xinyi “Lisa” Weng ’23
Lezhi “Martin” Zhang ’24 

Jazz-Rock-Pop Ensemble
Alexandros “Alexi” Christidis ’26
Miguel Garcia ’26
Jose “Pepe” Hanze ’24
Stephen Hraska ’25
Xavier Leone ’23
Isabella Mavuli ’25
Gavin Winters ’25
Junzhe “Michael” Zhao ’25

Bravo to all the student musicians and singers who brought so much holiday cheer to our community!