Choir performs their annual pop show

Seniors Blake Aerni and Noah Smith win the Outstanding Musician Award and the Service Heart Award respectively Thursday, May 9

Grace McLeod, JAG student life editor

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  • Stepping up to the microphone during the song “Seasons of Love" from the musical “Rent,” freshman Kira Tilden sings her solo in the treble choir for the Pop Show Thursday, May 9.

  • Dancing with members of the Jag Singers, junior Nathan Meacham sings “Mr. Blue Sky,” by Roger Emerson at the pop showcase.

  • Clasping their hands in front of them, seniors Claire Segura and Ashlyn Windmiller sing to “Mr. Blue Sky” By Roger Emerson.

  • Looking toward the crowd, sophomore Jaclyn O’Hara sings alongside other members of Treble Choir.

  • Jag Chorale members hit the “woah” at the end of “Super Trooper” by ABBA.

  • Leaning toward the crowd, freshman Isabel Aerni snaps her fingers while singing.

  • During the dance break, junior Trip Starr and senior Allen Vilchis sing “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.

  • Smiling toward the crowd, junior Trinity Ouellette dances alongside members of the Grace Notes choir.

  • With enthusiasm, junior Kylie Pitts dances with the other Jag Chorale members during “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.

  • Smiling at his director, senior Blake Aerni hands choir teacher Stephanie Mooneyhan two bouquets of flowers as gifts from the choirs.

  • Sophomore Avery Hansford and members of the treble choir snap their fingers to “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent.”

  • Trying not to cry, choir director Stephanie Mooneyhan closes her music book for the last time.

  • Saying farewell, senior Jessie Coleman hugs junior Lauren O’Neal.

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Tears filling their eyes, the seniors in choir sang their final song, “Why We Sing”, at the pop choir concert Thursday, May 9.

Junior Anna Paden believed that the pop show was different from regular choir concerts because the pop show was more laid back.

“[At the pop show], we were more relaxed and really let ourselves go and feel the music,” Paden said. “All the technicalities just went out the window and we just had fun. Our other concerts are more structured and rigid.”

Senior Blake Aerni won the Outstanding Musician Award for his hard work and dedication to the choir.

“[The award] meant a lot because I put so much time into choir and it feels good to be appreciated,” Aerni said. “It all paid off and [classmates] notice I had a lot of fun [in choir].”

In addition, senior Noah Smith won the Service Heart Award for the most generous contribution to the group.

“The award is for most enthusiasm and the most participation in class,” Smith said. “There is definitely a lot of worthy people to [win] besides me, but I am very grateful for this award.”

According to Paden, performing “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen was an amazing experience.

“[To perform], it felt great. It felt exhilarating. It felt like all of our hard work paid off,” Paden said. “My favorite song was “Don’t Stop Me Now” because we had more fun and we just went loose, more so than we did in class.”

With director Stephanie Mooneyhan leaving Mill Valley next year, the choir will miss her greatly, according to Aerni.

“[Mooneyhan] really built up this program and made it what it is, she really put her heart and soul into it and she cares about everyone,” Aerni said. “[With Mooneyhan] leaving [the choir] will definitely lose something.”

Smith believed the final performance was emotional for both Mooneyhan and the performers.

“It was a very emotional concert to see the reactions from the audience and the reaction from Mooneyhan. [Before] the very last song, right before we started singing, [Mooneyhan’s] eyes were red and she was starting to cry,” Smith said. “At that moment we [realized] that it was the last song that she was ever going to conduct in this gym. It just really hit us at that moment.”

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