You may or may not know that Samueli Academy has a choir. To those of you who didn’t know, here’s some news: Samueli has a choir! Last Monday, December the 12th, they had their first concert in the Samueli Theatre at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. The concert received rave reviews and stands as proof that dedication and hard work pays off.
Being a member of the choir, I have first hand knowledge of all the blood, sweat, and tears (all figurative) it took to be where we are now. You might remember catching a sneak peek of our concert when the choir performed during a past Town Hall. You may also have seen the posters and banners all around the school that were set up as reminders for the big performance. The Town Hall performance received a seal of approval from a majority of the student body and staff. It was believed to be so good that a rumor arose that the choir might have been lip syncing. So, it’s really no surprise that the concert was a hit.
To those that missed the concert, the Samueli official Instagram account posted this photo (above photo) with the caption “Indescribable. Amazing. Unreal. Emotional. Epic. Speechless. Samueli Academy Choir Concert, 2016.” It’s safe to say that the author of that caption was impressed. The Orangewood Foundation also took to Instagram after the concert, posting this photo (photo below) along with a caption that read. “First concert of the @samueliacademy choir! Way to go, singing Firewolves!”
Stefan Miller, Samueli Academy’s Choir Director, said in a statement before the concert, “it is a great way to go see how far these students have come from the start of the year, and it helps to continue to build our choir program here at Samueli Academy.”
The concert gave all members of the choir a platform to showcase their hard work, progress, and holiday cheer. Along with a few folk songs, numerous familiar Christmas tunes, a sing-along portion, there were some soloists that took centerstage singing songs such as, Silent Night, White Christmas, Believe, and Oh Holy Night, which were performed by Susie Garcia Rodriguez, Sonia Martinez, Makenna Percy, Jorge Valdez Rico, Charles Ruiz Nguyen, Nicolas Sanchez, and more!.
The Christmas choir concert was a show to remember, not only for the audience, but also for choir performers themselves, who got to go backstage at the Samueli Theatre, and attend to their own dressing rooms. When we were directed to the performer’s dressing rooms I took a closer look and saw that beside the doors was a label that read, “The Samueli Academy Choir,” I had to do a double take. It made me, personally, feel like we had made it. Yet what was truly breathtaking was walking out onto the brightly lit stage, and performing with the whole choir, for the first time.
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