With more than 200 students involved in the performing arts, including 60 in band, 70 in choir, 45 in digital music production and 60 in theater, and nearly 250 pursuing fine arts, the annual Spring Arts Festival is a celebration to behold!
Once again, a packed audience filled the Jeuck Auditorium to take in the final concert and art display of the year. They sat back and enjoyed performances by the Saint Viator symphonic and concert bands as well as the jazz band, and the Saint Viator Concert and Treble choirs, and the Chamber Singers.
Students enrolled in Theater II class also performed throughout the show, and members of the Orchesis Club performed two numbers, that concluded with a lyrical dance choreographed by Caroline Connelly ’18, set to the powerful song, “Praying.”
The afternoon opened with the presentation of a pair of art awards. Fiona Zhang ’19 was named the President’s Purchase Award winner for her unique pen drawing. Mr. Brian Liedlich, president, chose the drawing for its raw emotion and powerful images.
“It is a powerful drawing—working on two levels—that I believe many of our students can relate to,” Mr. Liedlich said. The piece now will be hung in the President’s Purchase Award gallery, next to previous years’ selections.
Brenna Drabik ’21 won the “Best in Show” award for her drawing that was done as an assignment in her Introduction to Visual Arts class, and she also wound up taking home the “Promising Artist Award,” presented annually to a freshman demonstrating outstanding artistic ability.
“The drawing was done as a blind contour drawing,” Brenna explains, “where you only look at the object you are drawing and never the object on the paper.”
Among the range of choral pieces performed was one by the Treble Choir, called “Lineage,” that featured percussion members from Symphonic Band. Its organic, bluesy tone and harmonies reflected drawing personal strength and wisdom from students’ ancestors, most notably their grandparents.
Concert Choir members enjoyed singing their four selections, especially “Stomp Box” by Roger Emerson, while Chamber Singers performed a contemporary vocal jazz arrangement of the lullaby “Rock a Bye Baby,” with intricate jazz chords and swing rhythms.
“Performing is a crucial part in the music-making process as it gives students something to work towards,” says Mr. Daniel Walls, choral director. “It allows students to tell a story, share an emotion or give a message to the audience through their music.”
In the second half of the show, the combined Saint Viator bands played a medley from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” before all of the band and choral students filled the stage to perform an emotional rendition of “America the Beautiful,” as the dramatic end of the concert.
“The Spring Arts Festival is an important event for our school as it is focused on the students,” says Mr. Bill Faltinoski, fine arts department chair, “who have worked so hard throughout the year in the classroom.”
Anna Casey ’20 – instrumental music
Michelle Cecchin ’20 – theater
Emily Goebel ’19 – vocal music
Yiran Liu ’19 – instrumental music
Yingtong (Ruby) Ren ‘21 – visual art
Madeline Sebastian ’20 – digital music