Fine Arts students from the choir, band, and visual arts programs at Star City High School, Middle School, and elementary school were recently showcased at the high school as part of the district’s first Fine Arts Extravaganza.
The Fine Arts Extravaganza included the 2013 Blue Bulldog Art Exhibit sponsored by the Star City High School Art Club which featured artwork created by Star City School District students in kindergarten through the 12th grade created under the supervision of district art teachers Suzi Davis, Jill Moore and Roger Darren High.First, second, and third place awards were presented in twelve categories for exemplary work.
“From the excellent artwork to the ‘dueling saxophones’ it was an entertaining and impressive event,” said Star City School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Montgomery.
Following the art exhibition, a recital of small ensembles and soloists was presented featuring performances by members of the middle school choir, middle school band, high school choir, and high school band.
The program began with the Senior High Gospel Quartet composed of Octavian Reedy, Devonte Darrough, Shana Robinson and Shala Robinson performing “New Reasons” by Leandria Johnson.
The duo “Dueling Saxophones” featuring sixth grade saxophonists Ross and David Lowthorp premiered “Concert Duet for Two Saxophones”, an original composition written by Alex Goff, Star City High School Director of Chorus.Following the saxophonists, Star City High School senior Aaron Kendrick performed “Turn the Page” by Bob Seger.
Sisters Brianna Burns and Ashley Guffey performed “The Muppet Show”, a self-written baton routine.The next performance featured 6th grade clarinetists Karley Spivey and Alex Jackson performing “Duet Concertante” by Leah Jones, Star City Middle School Band Director.
The High School Octet, a small acapella vocal ensemble, composed of Haley Donaldson, McKensey Stover, Shania Robinson, Felicia Bernard, Dillion Scarbrough, Devonte Darrough, Aaron Kendrick and Alex Goff performed “Set Me As a Seal” by John Leavitt and “To Make a Prarie” by Emily Crocker.
Sixth grade student Madison Burr played a piano solo entitled “Starry Nights”. The final student performer, Haley Donaldson, presented an interpretive dance routine to the Christine Perry song “1000 Years”.
Fine arts faculty members ended the recital with two performances. Alex Goff and Leah Jones performed the duet “Invention No. 1” by J.S. Bach on soprano saxophone and French horn.Jamal Thomas, one of the high school Winter Guard instructors, performed a routine to the song “Producing” by DJ Shadow that utilized dancing as well as rifle, flag, and saber work.
Fine arts faculty members John Wilkerson, Leah Jones, Alex Goff, Suzi Davis, Jill Moore, and Roger Darren High plan to make this an annual event, and anticipate even more participants in next year’s extravaganza.