New England Music Festival 2012On the morning of March 15th, several of Montpelier students left on large bus packed with other student musicians to participate in the 2012 New England Music Festival. The chorus conductor, Dr. Daniel Gordan, chose complex and beautiful songs with intricate according to Montpelier junior, Devon Tomasi. “It was a great experience!” she says, “I made a lot of new friends and it felt amazing to sing alongside such talented people.” These sort of positive reviews seem to be the consensus among festival attendees. Many note the benefits of learning to perform in such large groups, a practice that they believe will help them in musical groups in the future. The Montpelier music department urges others interested in a similar experience to audition next year in December!
Songs and the CityOn March 29th, Montpelier High School Chorus performed their annual Cabaret. This year it was titled “Songs and the City” and was based around the multiple song styles that remind us of New York City. Fittingly, the event was a fundraiser to help support the MHS music department’s trip to NYC. The night was fun and lively, and the large crowd of chorus students on the stage reminded us of the hustle and bustle that is New York City. Along with the group songs and multiple soloists, the chorus was accompanied by some of our own MHS band students. Ranging from broadway to pop to jazz and to motown, the singers covered it all.