Northwood informance starts off on the right note

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Northwood instrumental and vocal students presented a glimpse into the talent in store this year at the annual informances held on Sept. 12 and 13, respectively. Both informances served to provide parents and students with an introduction to the program and to announce important information.

“The informance is something that we’ve been doing for more than a decade,” choral director Zach Halop said. “It’s a chance for the parents to interact with an informal concert setting so that they can see what we’ve been doing and will be doing in the future.”

At the instrumental informance, a combined String and Symphonic Orchestra and a combined Concert and Symphonic Band performed “Toy Symphony” and “Band Together,” respectively. Concert Orchestra also performed “Bravura” while Wind Ensemble performed Palladio.” These pieces were conducted by instrumental music director Ben Case and interim instrumental music director Matt Ballard.

Philharmonic Orchestra sight-read, playing unrehearsed pieces in front of the audience, and each Wind Symphony member intentionally played one note incorrectly from a passage of “Shenandoah.” Amidst ringing ears from that spectacle, Case explained that playing at “96 percent” is not enough for music, elaborating on the importance of practice in perfecting one’s performance.

The choral informance the following night demonstrated warm-up exercises, sight-reading and correct posture. The concert began with Halop leading beginning choruses Treble Clef and Bass Clef and concluding with the advanced Chamber Singers. Each performance added further insight to the choral experience. Concert Chorale sang “I See the Light” from the movie “Tangled” and Chamber Singers performed the national anthem while standing in various arrangements to illustrate how a choir’s position can alter the sound’s color.

The informances highlighted the importance of concert attendance, donations and life skills obtained from music education. Throughout the evening, not only did the audience experience a display of students’ incredible potential, but they were able to gain a better understanding of the vital role music holds, both at Northwood and in their lives.

“Music is such an enormous part of our school as well as our daily lives, and the informances were such an incredible way to showcase how much a group of students can accomplish in such a short amount of time,” junior and Philharmonic violinist Megan Lui said.

With the Fall Concerts held on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 fast approaching, all instrumental and vocal groups are hard at work to put on another phenomenal performance.