School choirs pay homage to Hollywood

Megan Kimmerle sings ‘Carrying You’ in Japanese as the Sounds Grand Choir sang movie music earlier this month.
Photo by Anthony Militano

The Sounds Grand Choir sang familiar songs from cinematic favorites on Monday, May 6 in the Grand County High School Auditorium.

The seventh graders performed a fun version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” from The Lion King. The eighth grade choir turned down the lights, pulled out LED torches and slowly and softly sang “A Thousand Years” from “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.”

The high school choir did pure animated “Disney Dazzle” and had the audience singing along with “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid” and “Friend Like Me” from “Aladdin.” The high schoolers featured custom choreography that added depth and a sense of playful enjoyment to their performance.

Seneca Tatera, Mallory Maughan, Megan Kimmerle and Zoe McKinney performed solos. Kimmerle sang Joe Hisaishi’s “Carrying You” in flawless Japanese.

Choral instructor Carolyn Stiles told the audience, “On behalf of the program, we are all very grateful that you are here; I am grateful for your kids.” High school student Katelyn Murphy spoke on behalf of the seventh grade, eighth grade, and high school choirs and she said, “We just want to give Ms. Stiles a big thank you for being our choir teacher this year … we just want to give her a big thanks for all the hard work she puts into us and all the time she spends with us, the encouragement she puts into us.” The high school students presented Stiles with a bouquet of flowers when the performance ended.

In a second show, the Sounds Grand Orchestra performed movie music tunes and other familiar classics on Tuesday, May 7 in the Grand County High School auditorium. The Sounds Grand Orchestras are composed exclusively of middle school and high school students who play a variety of string instruments.

The middle school students offered up a lively rendition of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme. The advanced strings students from the middle school and the high school tackled the theme to “Jurassic Park.” The After School Ensemble, led by Debra Holland, treated the audience to “Quartet No. 1” by Mozart.

“I want to take the time to thank each one of our performers for the hard work they have put forth to do such a good job,” Stiles said. “Although I never thought I would have to teach strings as a music teacher, I am so glad that I have this opportunity and I find it so very rewarding.”