The IHA community celebrated the holiday season during the annual Christmas Concert and Art Show. The event showcased IHA’s Chorus, the Voices choir, and the Chamber Ensembles. Artwork was on display from a variety of art classes at IHA, including Introduction to Art, Art II, Advanced Painting and Drawing, Honors Studio, 3-D Art, Digital Photography, and AP Studio Art.
Before the performance began, the president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Kelly Murphy’17, gave a welcome to the audience. Following her introduction, the Chorus and Voices sang several songs. After the Chorus and Voices, the Chamber Ensembles performed several festive musical pieces. The performances included the Clarinet, Flute, and Violin Ensembles.
Murphy’17 stated “This year’s Christmas concert was a wonderful experience to be a part of. As the president of Tri-M, I am quite pleased to see the progress that the music department has made under the instruction of Ms. LaForgia. I think our theme of believing is a well-needed message at this time of year for the IHA community.”
Kaitlyn Brown’19, a member of the Violin Ensemble, stated “I really enjoyed playing in the concert this year. I think this concert was the beginning of a lot of growth in our music program.” Brown’19 continued, “It felt really great to show the IHA community everything we had been working so hard on for the past few months. I really enjoyed playing Nutcracker, because it’s a Christmas classic for an orchestra.”
The Christmas Concert would not have been possible without all of the hard work and dedication from the performers and from Ms. LaForgia, the new music teacher at IHA this year. Ms. LaForgia stated, “I am incredibly proud of the musicians of IHA for all of their dedication and hard work. I hope that the beautiful music they performed brought joy to the community at this special time of year.”
The performances for the Christmas Concert were held on December 14th and December 15th for students during the school day. The students and faculty at IHA greatly enjoyed the annual Christmas Concert and Art Show, and it was a great way to help get everyone in the Christmas spirit and ready to celebrate the holidays.
By Bernadette Goratowski’19, Photography Editor