Choir performs in first concert of the school year

Jag Singers, Treble Choir, Bass Choir, Grace Notes and Jag Chorale sang three songs each on Thursday, Oct. 18

Maddie Schaffer, JAG reporter/photographer


The Mill Valley Choir program had their first concert of the year on Thursday, Oct. 18. The Jag Singers started off the concert by singing “Jubilate Deo.” They debuted the three new choir sections in the concert, Treble Choir, Bass Choir and Grace Notes.

Treble and Bass choir was previously one single group, called Mixed Choir, but has recently split into the two separate sections. What used to be known as Treble Choir is now called Grace Notes.

After the Jag Singers performed, the program was continued by Treble Choir, Bass Choir, Grace Notes and Jag Chorale as they gave their audience an idea of what to expect from the Mill Valley Choir program during the upcoming year. The concert was closed with Jag Chorale singing “If Music Be the Food of Love,” joined by the four other choirs in the program.

The concert was a success for senior Blake Aerni, Jag Chorale choir president and member of the Jag Chorale and Jag Singers.

“Overall, I think the concert went really well,” Aerni said. “There were a couple things we were hoping we’d get right that we weren’t sure about, [but] in the concert, we got it right … so, it went really well.”

The different choirs all have a different class structure, according to sophomore soprano Alayna Sappenfield. Each group uses their class time differently.

“First, we start with solfeges of the song and then we go to the lyrics most of the time,” Sappenfield said.

Jag Chorale and Jag Singers spend their class time differently from Grace Notes according to Aerni.

“We have rehearsal every class, we do different things at rehearsals, sometimes we all work together and put things together with all the different parts and sometimes we’ll split off into sections and we’ll do sectionals and then nail our part down so we can come back together and get it all,” Aerni said.

To prepare for the concert, the entire choir practiced in seminar the day before the concert. While it’s not typical for all of the choirs to practice together, according to Sappenfield, every singer performed the closing song as a whole.

“The only time we practiced outside of class was for the very last song and that was [the day before the concert] in seminar,” Sappenfield said.

The choir was directed by long term substitute Cynthia Rodes because choir director Stephanie Mooneyhan has been out on maternity leave. Because Rodes has played concert piano in the past, her direction was a new experience for the singers, including Aerni.

“[Mrs. Rodes] hasn’t directed us before, she’s only ever played the piano so we didn’t know her as well,” Aerni said. “It took a little while, but she definitely did a great job and it was good to have a different director, to have a different point of view.”

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