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    Tuesday, March 05, 2024

    Your Turn: Fitch Honors Choir performs at education convention

    Soloist Jolie Bancroft during performance of “The Call” Photo by Nathan Pierce
    Soloist William Colon during performance of “Can You Hear” Photo by Nathan Pierce

    Fitch High School student voices inspired Board of Education members and superintendents from across the state at the annual CABE/CAPSS Convention, held at the Mystic Marriott in Groton on Nov. 17 for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education and Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.

    The Fitch High School Honors Chamber Choir performed at the convention, selecting pieces matching the day’s focus, including “Can You Hear” by Jim Papoulis (Soloists: Jolie Bancroft, Dayana Travers), which asks the listener to hear the voices and cries of children in the world and keep doing the work for these children.

    The CABE/CAPSS convention is an annual event that brings together education leaders from across the state for sessions and workshops. The day focuses on educational initiatives to prepare students for success in the 21st century and celebrates Connecticut’s talented students.

    During the 10-minute performance, the Women of the Chamber Choir sang about all the things strong women can be and the importance of caring for ourselves by accepting ourselves in “Never One Thing ”by Erlewine (Soloists: Lila Ditmore, Annabelle Whitney, Talia Carlebach, Kaleigh Allen, Elizabeth Gomez, River Skidgel).

    There are currently 25 members in the Fitch Honors Chamber Choir, which was invited to perform at the convention after submitting a recorded audition of performances from last year.

    “It takes talent, a great attitude, a willingness to go above and beyond, and finally an audition to be selected for the Honors Chamber Choir,” said Sandra Hall, music director.

    In addition to “Never One Thing” and “Can You Hear,” the choir performed “The Call” (Soloists: William Colon, Iane Monroe, Esme Carlebach, Ella Booc) by Regina Spektor, from “Chronicles of Narnia.”

    “This has been a fun, emotional, and beautiful piece for us to learn,” added Hall.

    Fitch High School also offers a mixed ensemble Concert Choir, an after-school treble group called Falcon Singers, and the Falcon Carolers who will perform in the community this holiday season. Learn more at www.falcon-music.com.

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