Summit Charter School holds inaugural holiday concert

Summit Charter School held the first holiday concert in the Summit Center on Wednesday with performances by the 4th and 5th grade Choir, and Middle and High School Choruses.

Summit Charter School hosted its first holiday concert at the Summit Center on Wednesday.

“I could not be more proud of our students for their first choral/music performance here in the new Summit Center,” said Choir Director Jesse Lloyd, who donned a Grinch mask for the concert’s finale. “Our arts program has only grown stronger over the past several years and their hard work is really starting to show. More difficult music, more performances, and a higher caliber of competitions are only the beginning.”

Summit High School Choir performing at the Summit Center on Wednesday.

Lloyd added that each choir has only had about two months to put everything together. The middle and high school groups work on pieces for the fall first, and then switch over right before the Christmas season to put together a program for the concert. 

Summit Charter 4th and 5th grade Choir, Middle and High School choirs, and Chorus Directors Jesse Lloyd (right) and Bart Gilleland (left) at the inaugural holiday concert.

Bart Gilleland, Summit K-5 Music Teacher and the Director for the 4th and 5th grade Choir also performed giving the audience songs like African Noel (Traditional African Carol), All is Calm, Sleep in Peace, and Aussie Jingle Bells.

Jesse Lloyd thanks the crowd for attending Wednesday’s concert.

Lloyd said they wanted to bring nontraditional holiday songs to the table for everyone to hear. 

“The students have set the bar high and now we’ve got to keep pushing more and more each year,” he said. “I was amazed at the amount of support from our Summit family as well. It’s one thing to put together a program for your students, but it’s another thing to look out and see a full crowd with no empty seats and  to hear cheers and applause for all of the hard work that the students put into making that performance possible. I could not be more proud to be a Summit Bear right now!”

The finale was “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” by the 4th and 5th Choir, and Middle and High School choirs performing together.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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