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CCHS vocalists perform first concert of school year

  • The first Charles City High School choir concert of the school year took place Thursday night, as the high school choirs, directed by Derek Sturtevant, collaborated with the Charles City Singers to perform the 2019 fall choral concert, entitled “Music Inspires.” (Press photo James Grob.)

  • The first Charles City High School choir concert of the school year took place Thursday night, as the high school choirs, directed by Derek Sturtevant, collaborated with the Charles City Singers to perform the 2019 fall choral concert, entitled “Music Inspires.” (Press photo James Grob.)

  • The first Charles City High School choir concert of the school year took place Thursday night, as the high school choirs, directed by Derek Sturtevant, collaborated with the Charles City Singers to perform the 2019 fall choral concert, entitled “Music Inspires.” (Press photo James Grob.)

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

The finale consisted of seven rows of people on the stage of North Grand Auditorium — more than 160 voices singing the Charles City Alma Mater in unison.

The first Charles City High School choir concert of the year took place Thursday night, as the high school choirs, directed by Derek Sturtevant, collaborated with the Charles City Singers to perform the 2019 fall choral concert, entitled “Music Inspires.”

Carter Shaull also directed the students, along with Charles City Singers director Scott Blankenbaker. The singers were accompanied by Chris Cleveland on piano and Bethany Otte on violin.

Featured were the Comet Chorus and CCHS’s Concert Choir, as well as performances by high school jazz vocal groups Here Comes Treble, 2JazzedUp and Rhymes With Orange. The Charles City Singers and the Concert Choir combined for performances of “Cornerstone” by Shawn Kirchner and an arrangement of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Peter J. Wilhousky.

Students Nathan Shultz and Emily Woodard took vocal solos during “Cornerstone,” as did Charles City Singers Melanie Johanningmeier, Jen Burton, Linda Hughes and Jessica Schwickerath.

CCHS Choir alumni were invited to join the students on stage for Alma Mater.

The Comet Chorus performed ‘We Will Rise Up Together,” by Jim Papolous, “Hold Fast to Dreams” by Susan Labarr and “The Light That Will Lead You Home” by Stuart Chapman Hill.

Here Comes Treble, the newest CCHS vocal jazz group, performed “My Romance,” as arranged by Greg Jasperse. 2JazzedUp performed “Moondance” arranged by Eric Van Cleave, while Rhymes With Orange performed “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” arranged by Jeremy Fox, with a solo by Madison Lincoln. Rhymes With Orange was accompanied by Hayden Pleggenkuhle on drums.

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