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A musical March madness

For most, March was the season of leprechauns, basketball and college acceptance letters. Here at Northwood however, it was also the month of music, as we hosted not only the IUSD Honors Festivals, but also showcased our own musicians in the annual spring concerts.

The theater was alive with the sound of music from March 8-10 with schools from all over the Irvine Unified School District coming to Northwood to share their band, choral and instrumental groups. Adjudicators from various universities came to listen and critique each ensemble on their musicality, skill and performance, and students received their comments with an eagerness to improve.

“It’s very refreshing to hear from other teachers and performers,” said junior Helen Song, who is a member of both the Chamber Singers and Philharmonic Orchestra. “Our groups have been in agreement with a lot of the comments we’ve gotten so far, and it’s helped to get us focused on what we can do to take our performances to the next level.”

The week following welcomed Northwood’s spring instrumental concerts, with Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony performing on March 16 and the String, Symphonic, Concert and Philharmonic Orchestras performing on the March 17. Both concerts featured pieces from various eras and styles and exposed audiences to a wide range of music that captured the spring season.

“Our set was very diverse, and I feel like it was pretty challenging, in a good way, for our orchestra,” said sophomore Maggie Yan, who plays for Concert Orchestra and sings in Treble Clef. We worked really hard on our pieces, and I think that it really paid off.”

Choir’s spring concert, titled “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” took place on March 22 and featured all of Northwood’s choral groups, with Treble Clef singing the title piece. The program offered a variety of literature from different cultures and eras, including a Filipino piece, “Halina’t Umawit Sa Panginoon,” performed as a combined number with Treble Clef, Bel Canto and Viva Cantar.

“The music has really made this year’s spring concerts memorable for me,” said Song. “We’ve been working with a challenging repertoire, but it’s been a very rewarding experience to learn and perform it.”  

As the spring concert series comes to a close, Northwood’s instrumental and choral programs turned their focus to new heights in preparation for their tour in Washington D.C. over spring break.