– by Cayli, sophomore –
From the chilly nights and festive decorations, to the yummy hot cocoa and warm Christmas cookies, music seems to be something that brings most of the joy and holiday cheer to many students and staff at FBTA.
This year, the Christmas concerts were virtual, with the elementary concert prerecorded and livestreamed on Dec. 8, and the jr/sr high concert streamed on Dec 17.
“Other than dealing with the initial disappointment of not having a live audience with all the fun interaction, switching to virtual was not too difficult,” said Mr. Van Den Berg, music director.
Also, with the changes put in place because of Covid-19, the choirs, handbell ensemble, and choral group have been working their hardest to give us many of our favorite Christmas carols and songs.
“The biggest changes are adding additional space on stage and communicating music without a live audience, but I hope you will see our students rise to the occasion,” said Mr. Van Den Berg. “Our students are working hard and are bringing their ‘A’ game. This will be a concert you won’t want to miss!”
“I watched the elementary music concert last week,” said Mrs. Dyck, journalism adviser. “The host emcee format was light and conversational, the music selections were interesting and creative, and the students each had a special piece to contribute. It was beautifully done from start to finish.”
Even though the music groups have faced changes throughout this year, they still have been able to come together and make the music that we love and enjoy.
So, when you are getting ready to enjoy a yummy cup of hot cocoa or Christmas cookies, plan to enjoy the virtual Christmas concert that has been prepared especially for you!