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High School Students, Staff Perform Songs Virtually Before Holiday Break

A recent tradition at the high school has gone virtual! For the past four years on the last day of classes before Christmas break, the music department has organized performances by music students over the announcements in between periods. The performances allowed various students and small ensembles to showcase their talent while spreading holiday cheer as their fellow high schoolers passed from class to class. This event has come to be anticipated among students and staff alike, and this year was no exception. However, with students attending classes virtually this year, this posed a unique challenge - one in which our students met and went well beyond.

Select students were asked to record their performances ahead of time and then the music staff were able to play the recordings over the PA system in between periods. The creativity demonstrated in the student recordings was phenomenal - several even went so far as to record themselves using multiple tracks to create entire songs. Others sought out their favorite holiday tunes and arranged them for their instruments. The Whitesboro High School Music Department is proud to showcase the talent and creativity its students have during a time in history that has made music making an interesting challenge.

Featured students: Mackenzie Blackburn, junior (cello, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"); Madison Butler, senior (voice & ukulele, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"); Isabella Cirasuolo, senior (voice, "So This Is Christmas"); Carson Cook, junior (piano & alto saxophone, "Sleigh Ride/Jingle Bells"; piano & voice, "Baby It's Cold Outside"); Avery Davis, freshman (alto saxophone, "Last Christmas"); Connor Hahn, freshman (trombone, "Frosty the Snowman"); Dominick and Josephine Jenne, sophomores (alto saxophone & trumpet, "Jingle Bell Rock"); Aubree Smith, junior (voice, "Silent Night"); and Alyssa Spina, junior (violin, "Let It Snow").

This year, some of the high school faculty were also featured! Many of our teachers and staff were once student musicians, and some continue their musical pursuits even today. Staff were encouraged to dust off their old instruments and try their chops at a Christmas tune, and their performances were featured in between periods on December 21. It was an incredible turnout, and their performances were wonderful to hear.

Featured staff: Mr. John Bertrand, science, and Mrs. Corinne Rothdiener, PE (percussion & voice, "The Little Drummer Boy"); Mrs. Rose Cidzik, French (baritone, "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas"); Miss Miranda Dornburgh, band (alto saxophone, "Jingle Bell Rock"); Mrs. Suzanne Fraser and grandchildren, math (voice, "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer"); Mr. Andrew Massoud, English (acoustic guitar, "Silent Night"); Mrs. Millie Ruggio, orchestra, and Mrs. Sarah DePalma, chorus (violin & voice, "Feliz Navidad"), and Mr. Sean Ryan, science, and Mrs. Sarah DePalma, chorus (acoustic guitar & voice/violin, "I'll Be Home for Christmas").

Click the following links to listen:

Let It Snow (Alyssa Spina)

So This Is Christmas (Isabella Cirasuol)

Frosty The Snowman (Connor Hahn)

Last Christmas (Avery Davis)

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Madison Butler)

Silent Night (Aubree Smith)

Sleigh Ride (Carson Cook)

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Mackenzie Blackburn)

Silent Night (Mr. Andrew Massoud)

I'll Be Home For Christmas (Mr. Sean Ryan and Mrs. Sarah DePalma)

Jingle Bell Rock (Miss Miranda Dornburgh)

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Mrs. Suzanne Fraser and grandchildren)

Jolly Old St. Nicholas/Up On The House Top (Mrs. Rose Cidzik)

Little Drummer Boy (Mr. John Bertrand and Mrs. Corinne Rothdiener)