Fall Choir Concert Combines Pop and Classics


Tationna Gray

Advanced Women's Ensemble at Fall Choir Concert

Thor's Hammer Staff

The Fall Choir Concert was held on Tuesday, October 8 in the New Theater.  Evoke Show Choir, Advanced Women’s Ensemble, and Concert Choir all performed that night.  The concert was directed by David Sonnichsen as well as Dawn McCollum from UNLV.


Show Choir sang four songs, “including classic songs like “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King and “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield,” states Penelope Reyes, a junior in Evoke Show Choir.

Tationna Gray
Fall Choir Concert

Evoke Show Choir had two solos in the performance, featuring Kaitlin Moser and Peyton Collins.


“From pop songs to old classics, there’s a little something for everyone” at the concerts, explains Moser, a junior at Valley. 


The three choirs performed a combined piece, “Viva La Musical,” to start the show.  


Then Concert Choir performed two songs, “My Soul is Awakened” and “Jambo,” with duets by Saniya Jackson and Anjo Manila as well as Tationna Gray and Jerome Green.


Advanced Women’s Ensemble was next with three songs, including “On Wind, On Wing,” “Storm,” and “I Hear Sweet Music.”


“I was very pleased with how the first concert of the year went; all choirs did a great job and established a good foundation of musicianship that can be built upon for the rest of the year,” Choir Director Sonnichsen shares.


There are many events to prepare for throughout the year.  “In the spring, Show Choir goes to a festival to perform at Ham Hall at UNLV, which is an unforgettable experience,” explains Reyes.


“Show Choir and choir in general is really fun,” says Reyes. “I enjoy learning and practicing music along with choreography leading up to a big performance day. We perform for assemblies, concerts, Valley events, and other high schools.”


They are also preparing for the Winter Concert, which will be held December 10 in the New Theater and “will feature both new and old holiday music, including the annual Hallelujah Chorus,” says Moser.  The choir will be joined by the orchestra at Valley on that night.


“The fall concert was one of the strongest that we have had in the last few years, so I am looking forward to growing and improving even more from this point,” Sonnichsen adds.