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April 12, 2005 > Students greet spring with music

Students greet spring with music

by Ceri Hitchcock-Hodgson

Students from every grade in the Fremont Unified School District joined together April 6 to perform in the annual Spring Choral Festival - One Song, Many Voices.

The event, held at Fremont's Kennedy High School, was a success for students who had diligently rehearsed in anticipation of their big night and the audience of appreciative friends and parents. The combined elementary school chorus was comprised of 500 students from Ardenwood School (Director Mary Lynn Pelican, Principal Paula Rugg), John M. Blacow (Director Brad Barnett, Principal Brad Hermann), Brookvale (Director Joanne Manhire, Prinicpal Kathy Ashford), J. Haley Durham (Director Jason Aucoin, Principal Erica Donahue), Millard (Director Peggy Rahman, Principal Mary Anne Kolda), Parkmont (Director Catherine Strommen, Principal Parvin Ahmadi), Warm Springs (Director Donna Palmberg, Principal Robin Riley)and Fred E. Weibel (Director Linda K. Millar, Principal Marylouise Bailey) schools. Piano accompanist was Jason Aucoin, Music Specialist from Durham Elementary School.

Among song selections was "The Star Spangled Banner," "On with the Show," "The Water is Wide," and "If I had a Hammer." They finished their set with the night's title tune, "One Song, Many Voices."

The Mission San Jose High School Chamber Chorale, directed by Lee Stevens Glover (Principal Stu Kew), sang "Worthy to be Praised" and "There is Nothin' Like a Dame," among other classical and show tunes.

At the conclusion of the festival, elementary school singers joined the Mission Chamber Choral to musically proclaim "What a Wonderful World."

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