Middle School strings concert

SMUS's performing arts programs thrive on the generous support of the Annual Fund. We extend our gratitude to all who contribute, enabling the continuation of the special moments we all get to share.

At SMUS, we firmly believe that performing is an indispensable part of education. We view performance as a skill applicable across various professions, preparing our students for diverse career paths, not solely confined to musicianship. Stepping onto a stage to perform demands courage, and we aim to bolster our students' confidence while fostering pride in their endeavours.

This past week, we heard from Middle School strings classes and the co-curricular String Orchestra, directed by Christopher Smith. The concert featured an eclectic range of musical styles that showed off the students’ talents and musical maturity. 

Highlights of the night were a spooky piece called Phantom Dance by the Grade 6s and a version of the pop song High Hopes by Panic! at the Disco performed by the cross-grade String Orchestra. The Grade 7s played a driving intense piece called Toccatina which tested their stamina. The Grade 8s finished the concert with an entertaining surprise called Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space, which used wild instrumental effects like slides, tremolos and accented noises from behind the bridge.

It was a satisfying and rewarding cumulation of some rich musical learning throughout Term 1. We are very proud of our student string performers. Our thanks to Rev. Fletcher for hosting the concert in the redesigned Chapel space. Thank you also to the events team for setting the stage and the performance space.

Congratulations Middle School on a great performance, below is the program from Tuesday evening. 

Middle School Strings Concert

November 28, 2023
Directed by Christopher Smith

Grade 6

Prelude and Fugue - by Gerald Sebesky
Phantom Dance - by Chuck Elledge

Grade 7

Toccatina - by William Hofeldt
Allegro Spiritoso - by J.B. Senaillé, arr. Merle J. Isaac

String Orchestra

Aria “Bist Du Bei Mir” - from the Anna Magdalena Notebook by J. S. Bach, arr. Stephen Wieloszynski  
High Hopes - as performed by Panic! At the Disco, by Jacob Sinclair, Jonias Jeberg, Brendon Urie et al., arr. by Ellen Harle

Grade 8

Vanguard Overture - by Richard A. Stephan
Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space - by Richard Meyer

In the upcoming weeks, we will see more performances from Junior, Middle, and Senior Schools at Christ Church Cathedral with their performances at the Cross-Campus Carol Service.

We treasure the gift of music and are immensely fortunate to collaborate with such talented students. It's fitting that we combine our skills to celebrate the conclusion of a term and the year through these unforgettable performances.