Western Massachusetts District Festival
On January 12, ten Berkshire students participated in the Western Massachusetts District Festival. Seven members of Berkshire School’s chorus (Alyssa Cass ‘14, Julia Hengstmann ‘14, Katie Moffett ‘13, Jordan Greco ‘14, Craig Alizadeh ‘13, Max Miller ‘15, and Hunter Reynolds ‘16) sang in a 200-voice chorus, singing music by Mozart, Charles Ives, and contemporary composers including Lydia Adams and Andrea Ramsey. Violinist Shuvam Chakraborty ’16 and oboist Linda Kim ‘13 were selected to participate in the Festival Orchestra, where they performed Richard Wagner’s The Prelude to Die Meistersinger and the Finale to Felix Mendelssohns’ Reformation Symphony. Flutist Merit Glover ’14 participated in the Festival Concert Band where she performed music by Percy Grainger, Philip Sparke, and the Japanese composer Satoshi Yagisawa.
The journey for the festival began in November, when students auditioned for the opportunity to participate in the festival. The musicians had to perform a prepared composition, scales, and sight-read music and were scored on their audition. Students selected for the festival rehearsed for two weekends, and then put on a concert in the massive University of Massachusetts – Amherst’s Fine Arts. After the concert, the students celebrated the event by dining at the Butterfly in Hadley, MA, accompanied by Mr. Banevicius, Art Department Chair, and music directors Dr. Clive Davis and Dr. Cheng-Chia Wu.