Choir dazzles spotlight over winter celebration


Photo by Julie Yoo

All choirs come together for the opening song “Let’s have a winter celebration.”

The vocal department performed their annual winter celebration concert on Dec. 8 and 9. This concert was directed by vocal director Rob Blaney and featured songs about the upcoming holidays.

The concert itself featured different songs that incorporated a range of holidays such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in their music selection. For example, junior Noa Gross sang “Shir Lamaalot” as a solo song in Hebrew, junior Jenny Rudolph singing “Black Horse And The Cherry Tree” and sophomore Saveena Patel singing a classic song in “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” The crowd enjoyed the diversity of the songs that were showcased evident through the loud applause of the audience.

“This concert is such as a great concert with the fact that we accept all the holidays put together and it really brings families and fellow students together,” junior Sammy La Scala said.

Songs during this concert were also family oriented as they brought together everyone and filled up the auditorium. The camaraderie of the choirs, branching from chambers singers to soloists had a strong influence on stage as they worked together to show how much heart they had for the audience. This was very effective as it brought the audience to its feet during the final song of “Hallelujah” by the combined choirs to end the concert.

“With a choir team it’s more than just being brothers and sisters. Those people with you on stage aren’t just your brothers, but they are the people that you can always count on and talk to,” senior Noah Asay said.

Blaney was given applause and recognition at the end of the show by his students to show how great of a teacher he has become to them. In addition, he was also given a present by his choir students to end off the winter celebration that was held. The students themselves value their teacher as he has taught them not just how to sing but life lessons as well.

“I can easily say that my life at Woodbridge High School would not be the same without Blaney. He teaches us lessons and believes that we can be the best version of ourselves that we could ever be and I wouldn’t want anyone else as a teacher,” junior Jenny Rudolph said.