Maddie Scullion and Tom Edson
Assistant Managing Editor and Staff Writer
On April 8. at 5 p.m. and then again at 8 p.m. the Jamesville-DeWitt Music Department will be putting on their annual choral festival in Osborne Auditorium at Jamesville-DeWitt High School. The show will feature the seventh and eighth grade choruses, high school concert choir, chorale, and women’s choir all singing together. The concert will consist of five songs from the Broadway show “All Shook Up” and five songs from the Broadway show “Aida,” featuring about 50 solos performed by members of each group. “It really features a lot of kids, which is great,” said J-DHS chorus teacher Beth Quackenbush.
The choral festival follows last Thursday’s collaborative concert between J-DHS’s Chorale group and Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s Chorale group. Mrs. Quackenbush and F-M Chorus Director Shawn Hebert had wanted to put together this collaboration for years, and it finally came about this spring. At 3:30 p.m. last Thursday, March 31, the F-M Chorale group made the short journey to J-DHS. The two chorales met and got to work rehearsing under the direction of guest conductor Kevin Stites, as well as Mrs. Quackenbush and Mr. Hebert. After a few hours of rehearsal, the singers had a dinner break in the cafeteria where all of the students got to know each other better. After dinner, they made their way back to the auditorium to perform for friends and family. Stites conducted the ensemble through “Hallelujah” and “The Awakening.” From there, Quackenbush and Hebert took over to lead the group in a few more tunes. “We bonded really well with the F-M Chorale and it was a lot of fun,” said J-D senior Hailey Harrigan.