Hopkins Choristers and Musicians Shine at Battell Chapel

Under the majestic vaulted ceiling of Yale’s Battell Chapel, the Hopkins Art Department presented its annual Music of Winter concert on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7 p.m. This year’s program included the premiere of the Treble Chamber Choir, a sixteen-voice ensemble of sopranos and altos. Their performance of “Tundra” by Ola Gjeilo was greeted with wild applause.

The Concert Choir, Junior School Chorus, Treble Chamber Choir and Hopkins Orchestra led music lovers through a 90-minute program ranging from Franz Gruber’s Noche de Paz (Silent Night) to Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro: Overture to Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. (See full program below.) The evening concluded with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

Concert Choir co-presidents Katie Broun ’19 and Kenny Lu ’19 spoke of their deep appreciation for the music program at Hopkins, thanking Choral director Erika Schroth for her dedication and making special mention of emeritus Choral director JoAnn Wich who was in attendance. Concertmaster Alexander Zhang ’19 and cellist Zachary Blake ’19 echoed similar sentiments, praising the leadership of Orchestra conductor and Chair of the Art Department Bobby Smith for transforming the orchestral music program at Hopkins.

Photos by Kerry Schutz
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Battell Chapel, New Haven

Concert Choir

Hanerot Halalu, Sarah Riskind
Sydney Hirsch, alto
Zach Williamson, piano
Erin Low, Brandon Smith, percussion

Katie Broun, Kenny Lu

Junior School Chorus

Ave Maria, Giulio Caccini/arr. Liebergen
Dania Anabtawi, flute
Zach Williamson, piano

Woodsmoke and Oranges, Ian Tamblyn arr. Rebecca Campbell
Sam Williams, Will Schroth-Douma, Cora Partridge, percussion

Reading: Red Brocade, by Naomi Shihab Nye
Read by Gracie Theobald-Williams

Concert Choir

Noche de Paz (Silent Night), Franz Grüber arr. César Alejandro Carillo

Vindo, Jānis Šipkēvics/Reinis Sējāns
CC Rocco, jaw harp
Joey Rebeschi, violin
Sam Brock, Michael Christie, Casey Dies, Carter Richards, percussion

Underneath the Stars, Kate Rusby Arr. Jim Clements
Isabel Vlahakis, Katie Broun, sopranos

Reading: Manna, by Joseph Stroud
Devon Spiars

Treble Chamber Choir

Tundra, Ola Gjeilo
Isabel Vlahakis, Fi Schroth-Douma, sopranos
Alexander Zhang, Ava Cho, violin
Jonathan Hwa, viola
Kyle Shin, cello
James Jeffery, piano

Cikala le Pong Pong, Trad. Pakpaknese
Sophia Colodner, Clare Chemery, sopranos Ken Steven

Reading: I Ask My Mother to Sing, by Li-Young Lee
Carter Richards

Concert Choir
Ave Maria, Franz Biebl
Kenny Lu, Ryan Goos, Connor Pignatello, basses
Sam Jenkins, tenor

Gede Nibo, Ludovic Lamothe, arr. Sten Källman
Lady-Karen Asamoah, Rehab Senanu, altos
Michael Christie, Joey Rebeschi, drums
McKinley Palmieri, Devon Spiars, percussion


Hopkins Orchestra

The Marriage of Figaro: Overture, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 103 In E-flat Major, Hob.1:103 “The Drumroll,” I. Adagio - Allegro con spirito, Franz Joseph Haydn

Reading: Music, by Juhan Liiv (translated from Estonian by H.L. Hix and Jüri)
Anand Choudhary

Hopkins Orchestra

Scherzo Fantastique, Op. 25, Joseph Suk

Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson

Reading: Making Peace, by Denise Levertov
Meggie Czepiel

Concert Choir and Orchestra
Glow, Eric Whitacre

Choirs and Orchestra, Alumni, Family, and Friends
Hallelujah Chorus, George Frideric Handel


Junior School Chorus
Luca Angelini
Michael Buckley
Sophia Chavez
Assata Dawson
Malcolm Edusa
Henry Glover
Ethan Gordon
Zach Haywood
Olanma Ikekpeazu
Taylor Jenkins
Nicole Kargin
Jada Lowery
Ava Maccaro
Anika Madan
Dev Mehta
Cora Partridge
Jacob Rao
Silas Resch
Margot Sack
Will Schroth-Douma
Lera Strickland
Sierra Walters
Amanda Wang
Sam Williams

Treble Chamber Choir
Soprano I
Sophia Colodner
Erin Ellbogen
Lily Meyers
Isabel Vlahakis
Soprano II
Clare Chemery
Maliya Ellis
McKinley Palmieri
Fi Schroth-Douma
Alto I
Katie Broun
Meggie Czepiel
Casey Dies
Rayane Taroua
Alto II
Lauren Gillespie
Syd Hirsch
Lucy Panagos
Rehab Senanu

Concert Choir
*☨Katie Broun
Emerson Delmonico
Erin Low
Madi Mettler
Caroline Meury
*Lily Meyers
McKinley Palmieri
Prairie Resch
CC Rocco
Nora Schmitt
Lauren Sklarz
Devon Spiars
Grace TheobaldWilliams
*Isabel Vlahakis
Lady-Karen Asamoah
Orly Baum
Talia Chang
*Meggie Czepiel
Sam D’Errico
*Casey Dies
Lauren Gillespie
*Syd Hirsch
Jessica Horkovich
Emma Hotchkiss
Fiona Li
Izzy Lopez-Kalapir
Emma Maldon
Rehab Senanu
Drew Williams
Will Blumenthal
Anand Choudhary
Cameron Delcristo
*Sam Jenkins
Nate Meyers
Evan Migdole
Joey Rebeschi
Justin Saffan
Sam Brock
Michael Christie
Ryan Goos
☨Kenny Lu
*Connor Pignatello
Carter Richards
Alistair Selby
Brandon Smith
Zach Williamson
Alex Yuen
*Section Leader

Hopkins Orchestra
Dania Anabtawi, flute
Caroline Blake, violin
Zachary Blake, cello
David Buckley, violin
Daniel Cao, violin
Ava Cho, violin
Ian Dailis, flute, piccolo
Eleanor Doolittle, harp
Brandon Faunce, cello
Joshua Ferreira, tuba
Mei Har, cello
John Hui, violin
Jonathan Hwa, viola
James Jeffery, piano
Paula Jiang, clarinet
Finn Kiely, violin
Anibal Loureda, double bass
Joanna Lu, violin
Adwith Mukherjee, cello
Andrew Sack, violin
Kyle Shin, cello
Ethan Silver, bassoon
Milo Sobel-Lewin, violin
Noah Stein, viola
Hannah Stelben, flute
Anjali Subramanian, cello
Christopher Takoudes, cello
Charles Wang, oboe
Jackson Weisman, clarinet
Albert Yang, violin
Mark Zdankiewicz, percussion
Alexander Zhang, violin - concertmaster

special thanks to: Sophia Colodner, trumpet, Mr. Chris DeVona, French horn, and Ms. Katey Varanelli, double bass

Thank you for sharing this evening with us! Many thanks to all who made this concert possible; the faculty chaperones, our wonderful facilities department for their help transporting and setting up equipment, the Hopkins Arts Department, And especially the parents, alumni, family and friends, for your support of these students, their joyful music-making, and the arts at Hopkins!

From all of this evening’s performers, warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season!