by Roger Walk
The spirited performances of the more than 500 students and their teachers at the Holiday Concert of the Matoaca High School made a rainy cold winter night sparkle and shine.
On Thursday, December 12, two hours of favorite holiday music presented by the school’s band, chorus, orchestra, and guitar ensemble in their elegant outfits mesmerized the full auditorium of parents, family, and friends of the high-school alike and put everybody in a merry holiday mood.
Many of the enthusiastic students contributed to several of the performing ensembles including “Up-Front,” “B Natural,” “High-Impact,” and “Treble Choir” as vocalists and instrumentalists. Added to the musical display were pieces by the percussions and steel band ensemble in their cool t-shirts. Soloists Destiny Hamlin, Sam McPeak, Jaylin Brown, and Nina Bonilla impressed the audience with their clear and engaged intonation. Honor student Daniel Marzolf demonstrated his musical talent and skills beyond his contribution as a French horn player in the orchestra by stepping up to the podium and conducting a classical concert piece.
The well-organized sequence of diverse musical performances of large and small groups of musicians and soloist showed how the performing arts teachers, Amanda Walenga, Donald Davis, and Brad Berkley, motivated the students of all levels of musical skills to perform so well with voices and instruments and bring joy and pride to the community.