Greenwood Chorus and Orff Ensemble

On Tuesday, December 13, The Greenwood Elementary School Chorus and Orff Ensemble took the stage for two performances of their highly-anticipated winter concert. Both the day and the evening concerts were great successes, featuring eight songs, with topics ranging from Christmas and Hanukah, to the Winter Solstice and the beauty of December.

The Greenwood chorus is composed of a whopping 114 fourth and fifth grade students. The sheer number of students, combined with the ensemble’s dedication and preparedness, made for a powerful vocal performance. The students showed grace and musical sensitivity on slow ballads like Beautiful December, and displayed holiday spirit and sass during Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, which quickly became the group’s clear favorite in rehearsals.

The Orff Ensemble featured 15 dedicated students that arrived to school early one day per cycle to rehearse their 3 challenging pieces. The students showed off their excellent instrumental technique on xylophones and metallophones on pieces like Shalom Cheverim and the crowd favorite Linus and Lucy. A clear highlight of the concert was when the Orff Ensemble added Latin percussion instruments and rhythms to create an upbeat accompaniment for the chorus’ version of Up on the Housetop.

Both groups worked hard to prepare the music starting way back in September. They will take a few hard-earned weeks off before doing it all again to learn new music for the Spring Concert on May 9th at Greenwood.

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Winter Break

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Please note that the last day for students will be Thursday, December 22. The winter break will be Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2. School will resume on Tuesday, January 3.

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