The Jag Singers, mixed choir, Treble Ladies and Jag Chorale performed in their winter concert, led by director Stephanie Mooneyhan on Monday, Dec. 5.
Jag Singers, mixed choir and Treble Ladies all sung three songs and Jag Chorale sung four. At the end of the concert, all of the choirs joined in singing “Noel Sing Noel.”
This is Mooneyhan’s first year at the school and because of this, Mooneyhan said she had to adapt to different teaching styles. However, Mooneyhan is pleased with how far they have come.
“They have been great. We have been practicing everyday in class, learning the songs and adding all the different musical aspects,” Mooneyhan said. “I think we’re having fun and I think the kids are adjusting to my personality and teaching style.”
The choirs have been preparing for the concert for six weeks and sophomore Jordyn Saunders thought the concert showcased the hard work of each choir.
“We’ve worked very hard,” Saunders said. “We rehearse and go over our parts [in class] sometimes we’ll circle up in different little groups like the altos, sopranos and we’ll just sing our little parts together.”
The choir had some obstacles to overcome in preparation for this concert. According to Mooneyhan, the song titled “Ding-a Ding-a Ding” has been a tough song to learn because the choir is mimicking the sound of bells with their voices.
“’Ding-a Ding-a Ding’ [has been difficult], and it’s like bells for treble choir, which is very tricky,” Mooneyhan said. “That one is a cappella [and] we are standing mixed up so they aren’t standing with their sections.”
The treble choir performed three songs, one of those being “A La Nanita Nana.” Saunders thinks this song was the most difficult song they performed.
“In ‘A La Nanita Nana,’ there are a whole lot of different enunciation things and it’s very difficult,” Saunders said. “It’s a Spanish lullaby so it’s difficult to [sing in Spanish].”
According to Mooneyhan, the choirs’ skills have grown exponentially since its last concert, and she looks forward to what’s in store for the future.
“The next thing we’re doing is contest so I think they’ve improved a lot from the fall concert to now” Mooneyhan said. “I think they’ve grown as groups, they’re meshing and sounding really good together.”