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Dazzling Sandy Creek Choral Department Finishes The Year Strong

SANDY CREEK – The Sandy Creek Central School choral department dazzled the audience at their spring concert with performances by the middle school chorus, show choir and mixed chorus.

The girls of the Sandy Creek show choir.
The girls of the Sandy Creek show choir.

The middle school sang “Touch the Sky” from the film “Brave” with soloists Sydney Cook and Morgan Bristol.

Music teacher Sandy Kinney said that the group was the largest middle school chorus she has ever had.

The show choir consisted of 16 boys and girls who made the music come to life with stunning dance choreography.

The song “Happy” featured soloists Mariah Hess and Nicky Radford, and “Chain of Fools” featured Katie Austin.

Kinney said that the mixed chorus’ performance of “May the Road Rise Up,” arranged by Jay Rouse, was her favorite song that the students sang that evening because of how well the students portrayed its beauty.

The guys of the Sandy Creek show choir.
The guys of the Sandy Creek show choir.

The melody was a traditional Gaelic blessing, “And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

Awards were distributed to members participating in All-County Festival, NYSSMA Solo Festival and Area All-State competitions at the end of the evening.

“The dedication from these kids is unbelievable,” said Kinney. “I want to thank the parents that are so supportive, because without you, I wouldn’t have this wonderful and amazing chorus.”

Students who were members of this year’s Area All-State: Anita Glenister, Mariah Hess and Abbigail Irwin.

Students who were members of All-County Festival: Dante Clowes, Anita Glenister, Jason Hays, David Hennigan, Mariah Hess, Emily Kehoe, Madeline Yousey, Nicholas Radford, Hannah Sawchuck, Hannah Woolson, Joey Bendzunas, Morgan Bristol, Madison Brown, Courtney Burns, Syndey Cook, Aden Goodnough, Travis Benjamin, Sidney Jenkins, Hunter Lachenauer, Charles Shaw and MacKenzie Sherman.

The Sandy Creek mixed chorus sings at its  spring concert.
The Sandy Creek mixed chorus sings at its spring concert.

Students who participated in this year’s NYSSMA Solo Festival: Mickayla Bristol, Syndey Cook, Sidney Jenkins, Clarice Miller, Timonthy Snell, Margaret Steele, Jason Hays, David Hennigan, Mariah Hess, Abbigail Irwin, Emily Kehoe, Nicholas Radford, Hannah Sawchuck and Summer Sknner.

The evening concluded with the song “Best Day of My Life,” arranged by Andy Beck, which featured this year’s graduating seniors: Katie Austin, Zach Halsey, Liberty Yalch, Madeline Yousey and Anita Glenister.