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Cleveland High music students showcased at Harvest Festival concert

by: Rita A. Leonard Principal Paul Cook [white shirt, center left] praises Cleveland High’s music program, at this year’s school Harvest Festival concert.

Cleveland High School's Bands and Choirs combined their talents in an evening of musical entertainment at the Harvest Festival just before Hallowe'en. The event was organized by new Choir Directors Diana Rowey and Paula Creamer, who were introduced to the audience by Principal Paul Cook. The two women joined Band Director Kenney Polson to showcase the vocal and instrumental pieces that students had been practicing.

Hundreds of visitors crowded into the CHS auditorium to hear the music. Retired Choir Director Steve Peter also attended, receiving a special thank-you for his support and guidance in helping to start the program. Paul Cook observed, 'Our Music Program is one of the strongest in the state.' And Polson thanked the administration for their support of the high school's Arts Program.

The event also kicked off the Choir's annual wreath sale fundraiser. Funds from the sale will help fund for the Choir sight-reading books, repairs, choir robes, and transportation assistance to various choir events. Cleveland's music students have received many past honors at the State level.

The CHS Music program continues to expand - adding the High Alto-Tudes (women's) and Cloud 9 (men's) groups, along with four other singing groups, two Jazz Bands, and the Symphonic Band.

Soloists at the Harvest Festival were applauded for both vocal and instrumental expertise, and bouquets were presented to Directors following the show.

Upcoming Cleveland High musical events include: 'A' Choir performing with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall downtown; 'A' Choir and 'Daires performing at The Grotto, on Sandy Boulevard just east of 82nd Avenue of Roses; the Winter Band Concert at CHS; and the Holiday Choral Concert at the high school.