To kick off Chapin’s magical divisional winter concerts, Kindergarten and Class 1 students took to the Assembly Room stage on Wednesday, December 14, dressed in their official uniform, adorned with traditional gold bows.
With the theme of “Our Collective Light,” the room sparkled with the reflection of our Lower Schoolers’ artistic creations, mirrors and bright white strands of lights. In her opening remarks, Head of Lower School Thérèse Cruite stated, “This artwork that surrounds us celebrates the light that we each bring to our community and shows how we shine even brighter together.”
Classes 2 and 3 followed the lead of their younger peers with their own performance the following morning. Each grade sang lively winter and holiday themed songs including “Jingle Bells,” “Hanukkah: Festival of Light,” “Kwanzaa,” “3 O’clock Rehearsal,” and “Hot Chocolate.” Both shows also featured a special dance choreographed by two Class 3 students.
On Thursday evening, our Upper School chorus performed for families and guests under the direction of US music teacher Elizabeth Adler. They, too, sang beloved winter songs, some accompanied by music and others A cappella. Attendees were also treated to pieces by The Kilts, Chapin’s US rock band. Toward the end of the program, Ms. Adler invited alums and parents of the Chapin singers up to the stage to each sing.
Parents of Middle School children enjoyed array of festive songs and dances on Friday. In addition to traditional favorites like “Winter Wonderland,” “Oh, Chanukah” and “I Have a Voice,” the Class 4 and 5 performance featured poetry, choir chimes and our MS Chorus’ rendition of “For Good” from the Broadway play Wicked. The Class 6 and 7 show included a dance to “Umbombela” by Soweto Gospel Choir, handbells and Chinese folk songs.
Rounding out the each of three division’s programs was the singing of the lovely and treasured “One Night When Stars Were Shining,” which has been sung at Chapin since 1919.
We extend a huge thank you to our divisional music teachers and conductors – Hallie Stotler (LS), Patricia Norchi (MS), and Elizabeth Adler (US) – as well as US teacher and Technical Director Robert Thaxton-Stevenson and piano accompanist Walter Aparicio. A heartfelt thanks, too, to the many Professional Community members working behind the scenes to help our students with their magnificent performances!
Classes K & 1 and 4-7 photographs taken by Chapin staff member
Class 2 and 3 photographs and thumbnail image taken by photographer Rashmi Gill
Upper School photographs taken by photographer Michael Sherman