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September 23, 2018

APW Middle School Musical Performances Capture Holiday Spirit


Members of the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Middle School guitar ensemble are pictured above during a performance at the recent seventh and eighth grade concert. The ensemble played two songs for the audience; Christmas Chopsticks and Still, Still, Still.

Members of the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Middle School guitar ensemble are pictured above during a performance at the recent seventh and eighth grade concert. The ensemble played two songs for the audience; Christmas Chopsticks and Still, Still, Still.

The music department at the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Middle School ushered in the holiday season with two evenings of entertainment for parents and community members.

The first event featured the choral and musical talents of fifth and sixth grade students and was held on Tuesday, December 6th. Highlights from this evening include performances by a recorder ensemble as well as a flute ensemble, grade level choral group performances, a combined fifth and sixth grade band performance, several piano soloists, and a sixth grade bell choir performance. The bell choir group is in its inaugural year at APW Middle School and unlike playing a traditional instrument that can produce a variety of notes, each bell musician is responsible for only one note. Music teacher Mary Ann House explained to the audience the difficulty of learning such an instrument as well as the importance of timing and rhythm.

The second concert took place on Monday, December 12th and consisted of performers from the school’s seventh and eighth grades. Musical and choral highlights from this event include performances by piano soloists, guitar trios, flute ensembles, as well as a variety of choral performances from the select chorus, the seventh grade chorus, and the eighth grade chorus. Rounding out this evening of entertainment was a three-song performance by the Junior High Band.

Piano soloist Jullian Mueller, from the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Middle School, performs Frosty the Snowman during the fifth and sixth grade holiday concert.

Piano soloist Jullian Mueller, from the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Middle School, performs Frosty the Snowman during the fifth and sixth grade holiday concert.

The bell choir performed two songs at the recent Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Middle School fifth and sixth grade holiday concert. Choir members pictured above include sixth grade students Mikenzie Barankovich (left), Peyton Nadeau (center) and Tim Palmer. Unlike a traditional instrument such as a flute or saxophone, each handheld bell instrument is unique and plays only one note. Timing and rhythm are key components to a bell choir performance as explained by music teacher Mary Ann House during the concert.

The bell choir performed two songs at the recent Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Middle School fifth and sixth grade holiday concert. Choir members pictured above include sixth grade students Mikenzie Barankovich (left), Peyton Nadeau (center) and Tim Palmer. Unlike a traditional instrument such as a flute or saxophone, each handheld bell instrument is unique and plays only one note. Timing and rhythm are key components to a bell choir performance as explained by music teacher Mary Ann House during the concert.

Soloist Alexandra Rice was accompanied by classmates Ariel Nier (left), Mary Matt (center), and Caitlin Gorton for a rendition of the holiday song Blue Christmas during the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Middle School seventh and eighth grade holiday concert. All four singers are seventh grade students at the school.

Soloist Alexandra Rice was accompanied by classmates Ariel Nier (left), Mary Matt (center), and Caitlin Gorton for a rendition of the holiday song Blue Christmas during the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Middle School seventh and eighth grade holiday concert. All four singers are seventh grade students at the school.

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