MHS hosts vocal arts day

Chloe Gunter, Intern

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Monroe High hosted its annual Vocal Arts Day on March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Throughout the school day, Custer, Arborwood, Manor, Waterloo, Rasinville, and Monroe Middle School were brought to the high school in the morning to be introduced to the Accafellas, an acapella group from Michigan State University.

The students from each school met in the auditorium to begin the day to watch the Accafellas, perform a couple of songs. After the performances, each school met with MSU’s acapella group where they shared their knowledge of music and information about music education. Later on that evening, the elementary, middle school, and high school students held a concert in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

Sophomore choir student Jamie Jarvis said that the high school students sang with the elementary choirs.

“Singing was fun and the elementary kids did really well,” Jarvis said.

During the day band teacher Joseph Swinkey, who also directs the newest MHS acapella choir and is an alumni of the MSU Acafellas group, introduced the Acafellas, giving a little information on who they are and what they do.

“The Accafellas are one of MSU’s all male accapella groups and they’re going to be commentating and hosting a concert tonight where all schools district wide will be singing,” said Swinkey.

Nathaniel Griffith, a seventh grader at Monroe Middle School, said that he felt welcomed by the Accafellas and that they are people he really looks up too.

“They were very kind and they let people sing with them,” said Griffith.

Senior choir member Logan Schneeman said how great the day was for everyone.

“Today was a good experience for all of us in a way and the elementary kids would hopefully want to continue on in choir after seeing us up on stage,” Schneeman said.

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