Multicultural theme prevails in choir SE Quad Concert

© HAWKEYE Jacob Allard
Senior Brooklyn Evan plays the harmonica.

School choirs of the southeast quadrant of the Edmonds School District collaborated to put on a show with a multicultural theme, literally bringing people together in harmony. For the 28th year in a row, the annual Choir SE Quad Concert took place on Wednesday, Mar. 9 in the MTHS gym. Brier Elementary, Terrace Park, Mountlake Terrace Elementary (MTE), Cedar Way Elementary, Hazelwood Elementary and MTHS all gathered together to sing the night away.

MTHS performed a collection of “Six Weeks,” “Dog and Butterfly,” “Ca’ The Yowes,” “Engel,” “Hide and Seek,” and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square.”

While MTHS was creating a soothing mood, the elementary schools brought liveliness to the gym.

Altogether, the elementary choirs performed “Shake the Papaya Down,” an upbeat Calypso song, while the combined girl choirs performed Thai folk song “Shining Moon” and the combined boy choirs performed “Linin’ Track.”

As part of the one large group performance, all of the choirs lifted the mood together by performing “Oye!”

Senior Brooklyn Evans played the harmonica to help deliver a solo during the Accents & Chamber Choir’s performance of the Scottish folk song “Ca’ The Yowes.”

The MTHS Dynamics group performed acapella for all of their songs, bringing American Jazz and a melancholy tone about a household dilemma to the audience.

Sophomore and soprano Aliah West was impressed by the elementary choirs’ performance skills and noted the proficiency in how they worked to sound together with the high school choir.

Conversely, fourth grader Evan Kelly from MTE extolled the MTHS choir’s performance skills and is currently working to make his voice heard in hopes of measuring up to the high school’s vocal ability.

“I want to try to express my voice farther and louder,” Kelly said.

Kelly’s fellow schoolmate Logan Hansen, still upbeat from the last performance, was proud of the chemistry between the choirs, most notably during “Oye!”

“We worked together for [“Oye!”] and really felt the rhythm of it,” Hansen said. “Go Little Hawks!”

MTE choir teacher Nicole Harreld led her students to an “awesome concert” with “lots of energy.”

She expressed gratitude for the elementary school students’ maturity while performing. Harreld also showed pride for the elementary schools’ ability to perform “Shake the Papaya Down,” a dynamic song which included three different parts to sing.

Harreld’s favorite performance was “Oye!”, not only because of the joyfulness of the song, but for seeing everyone’s hard work and efforts culminate at the end of the concert.

She also admitted to enjoying “Oye!” for being the last song of the night. But despite this confession, Harreld says the musical content of the concert was what really it special.

“The variety of music was representative of our community,” Harreld said. “Because of the variety, everyone stayed interested.”

As she finished cleaning up the gym, Harreld greatly thanked the big audience once more for seeing her elementary school choir perform and making her proud of their achievements.