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West Orange Times & Observer Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 4 years ago

Foundation singers add sweet sounds to the holiday season

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Foundation Academy celebrated the season in song at the school’s Snow Song, held Dec. 12 at Camp Ithiel, Gotha.

School choir director Mark Goff led the evening’s performances. The girls high school vocal ensemble sang “Winter’s Peace,” “Snow Song,” “December Lullaby” and “Can Love Be Found.”

They then joined the rest of the choirs from sixth through eighth grades for a “Frozen” medley, “Vuelie” from the “Frozen” movie soundtrack, familiar Christmas carols “Angels From The Realms of Glory,” “The First Noel” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” They closed the set with Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria in Excelsis Deo.”

 The sixth-grade choir performed “Christmastime Is Here” and “Linus and Lucy” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Kuwa Furaha” and “We Need a Little Christmas” from Broadway’s “Mame.” They joined the seventh- and eighth-grade choir for “Sing Jubilate Deo” and “Shout Allelu.”

The choirs closed the evening leading the guests in singing “Silent Night” and then blessed the meal and guests by singing “The Blessing of Aaron.”

Verle Jones narrated the show and performed his rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy.” The choir was accompanied by Julian Bond on piano.

The dinner portion of the evening catered by George Ashford’s company, Catering’s Best, while Foundation’s Victoria English provided the themed cake and desserts.

The evening was produced by Goff’s wife, Dena. Artist vision also was provided by Foundation faculty members Mary Ellen Murray, Vincent Siracusano, Jennifer Siracusano and Jacqueline Conover, with décor by Choir Boosters Dawn Smith, Lisa Miller, Kelly Goff and Denise Vincent. Audio and lighting was provided by faculty member Jennell Dale, with assistance from student Jonathan Nevius.

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