RSM 5-12 Christmas Concert entertains audience on Dec. 13

Thursday, December 28, 2017
All the Hawks were in harmony as a choir of 7-12 students sang “Silent Night” together. (Photo by RSM Journalism)

Remsen St Mary’s held its Grades 5-12 Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 13, in the Sue Treinen Memorial Gym. The theme of this year’s concert was “The Nativity” and pieces were centered around Christ and the story of his birth.

The concert began with the song “O Come Emmanuel” sung by all the vocal and band students as they entered by candlelight. All of the bands and choirs are under the direction of Ms. Steph Niewohner this year.

The fifth grade choir performed “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”, “Once in Royal David’s City”, and “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.” The fifth grade then performed a selection of three song pieces.

Part of the 7-12th band, including the brass and flute sections, perform the song “Sounds of Christmas”. (Photo by RSM Journalism)

The sixth grade choir sang “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”, “I Saw Three Ships”, and “Away in a Manger”.

They were followed by the seventh and eighth grade choir performing “The First Noel”, “Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella”, and “Mary Did You Know”. The students had studied and brainstormed ways to incorporate multimedia into the concert. During the performances, the students showed a slideshow of images and shadow portrayals that they created to accompany the music.

The sixth grade band performed “We Three Kings” and “Angels We Have Heard on High”.

The fifth grade choir began the RSM Christmas concert by singing three songs. (Photo by RSM Journalism)

The concert then had two feature students perform. Piano student, Isabella Arens, performed “O Holy Night”. Then senior percussionist, Wyatt Staab, performed “Jingle Bell Rock” while using glow-in-the-dark drum sticks. “Having Wyatt and Bella perform was a way to give a break in the concert and showcase some of the students,” said director Steph Niewohner.

The high school choir performed “The Little Drummer Boy” and “What Child is This”.

The group “Hawks in Harmony” which features select students in grades 5-12 then performed “While Shepherds Watched” and “Silent Night”.

The high school choir was accompanied by Wyatt Staab as they sang “The Little Drummer Boy”. (Photo by RSM Journalism)

The high school band performed “The Reason is the Season”, “All Through the Silent Night” and “O Come Little Children”. They were joined by the seventh and eighth band students to perform the “Sounds of Christmas”.

The seventh and eighth grade band then performed “March of the Magi” and “Go Tell It On the Mountain.”

It was a great concert and everyone in attendance is already looking forward to the next concert in the spring. “I am proud of the students and the work they put into learning their songs in just over a month,” said Steph Niewohner.