Barbara Lawlor, Nederland. It’s always hard to sing that last song in the last choir concert of the year. As the last note dies, everyone is aware that it is the last time the senior students will be on stage performing for their community. It is a voice that will be absent in future concerts, a note lost in the harmony.
Nederland Middle Senior High School music program director Liz Evans has been there for decades, watching the students arrive hesitantly, grow by leaps and bounds and then move on, just as they reach their high school goals.
The last choir concert of the year is the time when seniors leave it all on the stage, heading to other venues, finding other ways to shine.
On Wednesday, May 11, the NMSHS sixth, seventh, and eighth grades’ Festival Choir, as well as the Loquations took the stage and sang with all of the heart and confidence they could muster after a school year of rehearsals.
Many of the songs were arranged by the students themselves, including “Work Song,” arranged by Natasha Kinczel; “All I Want,” arranged by Tobiah Nagle; and “Hey Mami,” arranged by Hayley Turner and Emily Curcio.
The middle level students bring numbers and never-ending energy to the Ned stage. They rocked it in their version of “Jump, Jive, and Wail,” and then exuded their poignant side in an excellent performance of “How Can I Cry?”
Loquation, Tobiah Nagle, arranged a heart-rending presentation of “All I Want.” The Loquation team performed “Insomniac,” for the finale, a stunning, profound piece arranged by director Liz Evans.
Although it was time to say goodbye to the seniors, the NMSHS choirs will go on, with plenty of young talent to slip into the roles of mentors and leaders in the school music program.