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By: Sheryl Bryant
On a recent Friday night in December, the Wakefield High School Choral Department and the Wakefield High School Choral Boosters presented “A Season of Hope and Dreams” Christmas Concert. The program was hosted by Trinity United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Sasser and Bloodworth Streets near downtown Raleigh.
Director John-Philip Mullinax (who is also the Choir Director and pianist/organist at Trinity UMC) led the young vocalists in a heartwarming display of seasonal music and holiday expression. Lori Anderson joined as an accompanist on keyboards. Ms. Cara Williams contributed on Djembe and Ms. Wendy Pardue played the flute.
The sense of warmth and community was radiating in the venue. There was excitement in the pews which quickly set the mood and ambience. The Trinity Christmas tree and its glorious lights shone brightly and boldly. The backdrop of the colorful stained glass depiction of Jesus on his hands and knees praying, hailing high on the wall above the singers, brought everything into perspective for those gathered in the Church Sanctuary.
The Women’s Choir performed the following lovely pieces:
Up Above My Head
The Wakefield Singers presented a Jewish folksong and another enchanting melody:
Grace Before Sleep
The Men’s Ensemble shared the following , including several traditional English carols:
The Holly and the Ivy
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Here We Come a Wassailing (which melded into a medley with touches of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”)
After a brief intermission, the Women’s Ensemble gracefully delivered two traditional Latin songs , a contemporary hymn and more with:
Still, Still Night (which beautifully drifted like softly fallen snow into the sacred “Silent Night”)
In dulci jubilo
Next, the Women’s Chorus showcased “Brightest and Best”, lyrics by Reginald Heber and music by Paul Slolund.
The Concert Choir followed flawlessly with the Latin hymn “Adeste Fidelis” (more commonly known as) “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The Choir finished up with a splendid take on “The World of Our Dreams”
Wrapping up the gift of a show, the Chamber Singers melodically tied the proverbial ribbons and bows around a finale of “What Sweeter Music” and “Blessing in the Leaving”
The Church Family and members of the Wakefield High School staff, faculty and family was delighted and impressed with the Concert.
A lot of hard work and dedication goes into the direction and guidance of these young singers. Hats off to Director Phil Mullinax for the outstanding job he has done with these students.
Commendations go out to all of the parents, caregivers, staff and faculty who support Director Mullinax and the young singers in their musical endeavors. Job well done!
Kudos to those participating, the talented Wakefield HS performers, listed below. Your diligence and devotion to the Spirit of the Songs shone through in your work. Alana Bolden, Virshea Brewington, Njeri Bridgeman, Christopher Britt, Garrett Burgon, Hunter Burgon,Natalie Collier, Alessia Craparotta, Hiba Dahir, Maria Diaz, Delaney Dupree, Zyquell Eaton, Tyzrionna Ellison, Saniya Embry, Alayna Fleagle, Juan Garcia, Reilly Griffin, Allison Hancock, Bailey Hatoum, Brady Hensarling, Hieu Hoang, Myungji Kim, Hector Maldonado, Miya Medley, Angel Mejia, Alyssa Meritt, Daniel Nguyen, Savannah Pardue, Sierra Parker, Alanna Perrin, Elizabeth Pham, Kayla Pierce, Alexis Piliouras, Ashlee Piliouras, Egypt Pittman, Nathaniel Richardson, Kathleen Rimmer, Zoie Rumph, Makaylah Seward, Lauren Slusher, Miaya Small, Mareece Spell, Christopher Terrell, Anabel Vasquez, Brianna Williams , Jayme Zimmerman