The choir sang over the din and the audience soon quieted and was treated to performances by the school’s jazz and concert bands alternating with the choral selections.
The concert was originally planned to be a system-wide concert on Thursday evening. But a conflict in scheduling at the high school’s Performing Arts Center forced the system to reschedule, said Rosalind Crawford, choral director at the high school. The change meant the lineup changed and the high school choir and bands performed alone.
“I was brought up in Birmingham City Schools and every year it’s a tradition that we get together and we all come together as a school system,” Crawford said.
She hoped to initiate the same kind of performance in Anniston and approached Principal Sherron Jinadu, Superintendent Joan Frazier and the teachers at the other schools about having a school system concert. They agreed, but it was too late to schedule the Performing Arts Center, Crawford said.
“But next year is already set for Dec. 16,” Crawford said.
The change allowed the Fine Arts Department of the high school to partner with the school’s Positive Behavior Support Team, Crawford said. In between performances, the PBS Team drew names of students recommended by teachers and staff for gift certificates, to reward them for their hard work all year, Crawford said.
Even with the scheduling change, there were a handful of parents in the audience. Clivett Weeks Parker, whose ninth-grader was not performing in the concert, said she comes every year.
“I come to support the kids,” Parker said.
Sitting nearby, Tishonda Lovett and her family were enjoying the Christmas music. The concert was helping them usher in Christmas, Lovett said. Her children Skynia Lovett and Daniel Fluker, both Tenth Street Elementary students, were anxiously waiting for their sister Kyela Fluker to sing. They’d been hearing her practice and were looking forward to seeing her sing with the choir, they said.
“I know she’ll be singing a Christmas song,” said Daniel, 8. “I saw her song on the paper.”
Levi Thompson, a senior in his fourth year of choir, was excited after the performance.
“We don’t get to do it in front of the school body a lot,” Thompson said. “I enjoyed the moment.”
Choir member Antonio Smith, 15, said this was his second year singing in the choir.
“I thought it was great to perform in front of my peers, for them to see what our choir is doing,” Smith said.
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