PHS to offer spring choir concert

PIQUA — The Piqua High School Vocal Department will present its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hartzell Center for the Performing Arts. The choirs are conducted by Tom Westfall. Music education aide is Brenda Vetter.

The Women’s Chorus will perform their contest pieces, “Sing and Rejoice!” by Robinson; “The River Sleeps Beneath the Sky” by Lightfoot, with words from “Sunset” by Paul Laurence Dunbar; and a modern spiritual, “Goin’ Up” by Franklin. The Women’s Chorus received an Excellent rating at the District OMEA Choral Contest.

The Men’s Chorus will present “Cindy,” a traditional Appalachian song arranged by Johnson; “The Vagabond,” a modern song inspired by the poem of the same name by Robert Louis Stevenson. This number will feature student soloist, Tanner McKinney. Another song inspired by the same poet, “Sing Me A Song Of A Lad That Is Gone,” was written by Porterfield. The Men’s Chorus sang these numbers at the State OMEA Choral Contest where they received a Superior rating.

The Men will also sing “Seasons of Love” from “Rent,” with soloist Taurean Collier and the popular doo-wop song “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight,” with soloists Daniel Powis and Allen Scheer-Shrubb

The Women’s Chorus will reprise with pop numbers “Roots Before Branches” from the television series “Glee” and will feature soloist Cheyenne Clark; “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” made popular by Cindy Lauper. This number will feature beat boxer Brayden Latimer. The last number by the Women’s Chorus will be “Secondhand White Baby Grand” from the NBC drama, “Smash.” The featured soloist will be Kirsten Davis.

The Concert Choir will take the stage with a madrigal, “You Stole My Love” by Macfarren; “Domine Deus” by Gray and “Soon Ah Will Be Done,” a traditional spiritual arranged by Dawson. The Concert Choir sang these numbers at District OMEA Choral Contest where they received a rating of Excellent.

The Concert Choir will also present “All That Hath Life & Breath Praise Ye the Lord!” by Clausen with various soprano soloists; “Daemon Irrepit Callidus” by Orban and the choral blessing “And Wherever You Go.”

This year, the choral department has 51 graduating seniors. The popular baby/graduation picture slide show will take place after the senior recognition and be accompanied by the choir singing “Maybe Someday.” The National Choral Award will also be presented.

This concert is free and open to the public. If there are any questions, contact Tom Westfall at PHS during school hours at 937-773-6314, Eext. 1030, or email at