Vocal musicians in grades 3-12 from Newark Central School District recently sang their hearts out in the packed Newark High School auditorium where it was literally standing room only.
Parking lots were full 30 minutes before the concert, indicating to attendees that inside seats were filling up fast. There were so many audience members that some people stood outside in the hallway, watching the concert that lasted one hour.
More than 900 audience members enjoyed music performed by the combined Kelley School grades 3-5 choruses, directed by Libby Brozik; the Newark Middle School grades 7-8 choruses, directed by Brooke Hartpence; and the NHS Mixed and Chamber choirs, directed by Kate Flock. The third-grade chorus from Kelley School is new this year.
Flock said she was pleased about the size of the audience, attributing the overflow crowd to the fact this was the first year the Kelley School choruses were included in the District Choir Concert.
“I think people really enjoy seeing the musical progression from the youngest chorus members at Kelley School to our seniors in Chamber Choir,” she said.
When they weren’t performing, the Kelley School and middle school singers were in the NHS cafeteria and large group instruction room watching the concert live on monitors.
Scott Diamond, NSCD broadcast TV/social media coordinator, videotaped the event in the auditorium so it could be livestreamed on the NHS YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Flock said her Mixed Choir and Chamber Choir members, who were allowed to sit in the auditorium during the recent concert, will view the concert on a monitor inside her classroom next year when they aren’t performing, since she expects the District Choir Concert to again feature the three Kelley School choruses. The change will make more seating available in the auditorium.