POTTSTOWN PA – There’s apparently nothing more infectious than the smiles and enthusiasm of children. You could see them spread Thursday night (Dec. 10, 2015) in the auditorium of Pottsgrove Middle School, North Hanover Street, as the 4th and 5th grade choruses of Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School performed during their holiday concert.
The combined full chorus of more than 110 youngsters, led by Choral Director Heather Hodgdon, belted out composer Mike Wilson’s “Sing For Joy” with all the spirit they could muster. Then the fourth graders leaped, clapped and kept time to the program’s second number, a Kwanzaa-inspired theme called “Jump At The Sun,” that blended words in the African language of Swahili with traditional holiday messages.
Observers who looked around the auditorium’s nearly full seats noticed that proud parents, family members and neighbors were nodding in rhythm to the kids’ beat. Some members of the audience who knew the words (yes, they’d probably heard them already in an unknown number of home practice sessions) sang along too.
The resulting applause was loud and lengthy.
Both choruses performed three selections each, and then collaborated on two more. Hodgdon was joined in directing by student teacher Erica Norris of West Chester University. Norris, music teacher Kristen Hyde, and student Albert Moster were instrumental accompanists on one number.