More than a spring concert, music, visual arts, and poetry filled the bill at H.E.M.’s Fine Art Night last Wednesday on May 7th. Paintings and drawings from Mr. Wiggam’s art classes were hung around the perimeter of the multipurpose room for the audience’s perusal. The performance opened with the junior high/high school choir accompanied by music teacher Pamela Glasser on the piano. The choir members are Willow Metz (7th), Jessica Nelson (7th), Nathan Roberts (7th) Taylee Widdison (7th), Shyanna Gaston (8th), Miranda Kilvington (8th), Jo Wohl (9th), Beth Roberts (11th), Ken Wohl (11th), and Quade Palm (12th).
Brenda Ostendorf, English teacher, introduced Maggie Johnson, 11th grade regional winner of the Young Authors poetry competition, who read two original poems from her collection. Ms. Ostendorf then presented Dakota Trump, who has been participating in Poetry Out Loud competitions at the state level. Trump recited The Abandoned Farmhouse by Ted Kooser.
And then it was all music. The H.E.M. Junior high/high school band took the stage, continuing the theme of music from the cinema with numbers from Under the Sea, Star Trek, Harry Potter, and Brave. Band members include flautist Liz Ellis (8th) and three clarinetists, Jarrod Houchin (7th grade), Rosie Kinder (9th grade), Andrew Finn (10th grade). Chloe Olsen (7th grade) plays the trombone. Angel Williams (7th grade), Jon Nelson (8th grade), and Ken Wohl (11th grade) make up the percussion section. The choir returned to the stage with numbers from Wild, Les Miserables, Frozen, Pocahontas, among many more.
Congratulations to the H.E.M. Junior High/High school music, art, and English students for a successful year exploring the fine arts!