Tempe Prep Concerts Abound

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By Taylor Conley

Imagine singing in front of a room full of people, bright lights shining in your face. This is what Tempe Prep’s 10th and 11th graders had to do in their most recent concert. This concert that includes all 10th and 11th grade students has been performed annually for eight years.

The 10th graders sang many songs, such as “With Cat Like Tread,” “Hallelujah Chorus,” and “Duetto Buffo Di Due Gatti,” a song about two cats (which included a lot of “meow”-ing from the singers). They also sang “Gaudeamus Igitur,” TPA’s alma mater. Mrs. Wilkison, the 10th grade choral music teacher, liked seeing “how extremely well the students did.” She claims Hallelujah was the most enjoyable song. Following that, 11th graders sang “Danny Boy,” “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho,” and others. To end the night, sophomores and juniors together sang “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” from “Oklahoma!,” and “Home on the Range.”

Another concert, the Fine Arts Dessert Concert, happened on Saturday, Nov. 17. There were lots of people watching and enjoying delicious desserts. Madison Hanosh and David Smith started off the concert with a TPA rendition of “Be Our Guest,” accompanied by Dr. Wolfe. The rendition was written up by Dr. Wolfe and Mr. Sanderson, who came to Madison and David with the idea. They started practicing about two months before and nailed it.

The concert went on, with songs from Bel Canto, Cantamus, and Sinfonia. One song Cantamus sang was “If Music Be the Food of Love” going with the dessert theme. Mrs. Wilkison accompanied Catherine Ross in a “Violin Concerto in A Minor” by Accolay. The concert concluded, and the audience applauded.

Article by Taylor Conley, a student staff writer for De Equitibus, Tempe Preparatory Academy’s student newspaper.

About Tempe Prep: Tempe Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free public charter school in Tempe for students in grades 6-12 that provides a nationally acclaimed liberal arts education based on the Great Books of Western Civilization with an exceptional math, science, foreign language, humanities, and fine arts curriculum. Tempe Prep has been recognized by the Arizona Board of Regents as having the highest percentage of college graduates in the state and has been named the #1 high school in Arizona by Newsweek (America’s Top High Schools 2016). For more information about enrolling at Tempe Prep, visit the school’s website at tempeprep.org

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