ARTS: Trinity Musicians Strike Gold

May 10, 2013 – On the heels of the Trinity orchestra’s Silver-rated performance at the Forum Music Festival, several other Trinity performing arts groups attended the festival on Friday, May 10, earning multiple accolades.

Our Crimson Handbells (Grades 9-12), Crimson Chimes (Grades 5-8), and Crimson Choir (Grades 3-6) under the direction of Mrs. Jennifer Brown, along with the Crimson Choristers (Grades 1-2) under the direction of Ms. Jessica Fuca, performed at the festival. All groups were recognized for their outstanding performance, earning a “Gold Rating” which means they performed in the top 10% nationwide for groups of their age. In addition, performers were recognized in each group for their outstanding musicianship/talent.

Handbells performed the following: “William Tell Overture”, “Blessed be Your Name”, and a Patriotic Melody, all with a very difficult handbell technique called “Four in Hand.” Maddy Froemming received the Outstanding Musicianship Award.

Chimes performed the “Love Will Find a Way”, “I Dreamed a Dream” and “On My Own” from Les Miserables. Andrew Dever and David Okonowski were both recognized for their outstanding playing of the large chimes.

Crimson Choir performed Kyrie Canon accompanied by the flute played by Trinity parent, Barbara Cast. They also performed “Shut De Do” and included solos by Hannah Rietzel (who received the outstanding musician award), Mallory Marder and Jocelyn Margrave.

Crimson Choristers performed a sweet song called “Sing Alleluia” that was also accompanied by the handbells as well as “Fiddle-I-Fee.” Levi Gregory and Rebecca Rietzel were recognized for their enthusiasm and solo work. Mr. Tom Brown, our Fine Arts Director, accompanied both choral groups.

The Crimson Choir and Choristers performed a combined piece called “Rap Praise” (based on Psalm 148) that closed the 3-hour festival. It was so well-received by the audience that they leapt to their feet with an enthusiastic standing ovation. Eleven different groups performed over the course of the morning including groups from Big Bear, Hemet, Glendale, San Fernando and even Las Vegas.

Our performing arts groups received high scores and positive remarks from the adjudicators. Some areas of content were given perfect scores. It was a great experience for these 49 Trinity performers and they considered it a blessing to represent the school and most importantly, their love of music and their love of God.

There were a total of 70 students and chaperones who then celebrated by spending the remainder of the day at Knott’s Berry Farm! They ended the day by having dinner together at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Restaurant. To quote 2nd grader, Levi Gregory, after the win of his Outstanding Musicianship Award, “this was the best day ever!”

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