Cantabile Stuns at Final Concert

On May 19, 2015, the Cantabile Honors Chorale sang their hearts outs as they said goodbye to the 25 seniors in the ensemble.


Photo Courtesy of Zach Asato

The Cantabile Honors class performed “Feel Good” songs from the year.

Addy Bennett, Editor-in-Chief

Cantabile Honors Chorale always stuns the crowd with every performance and really do prove themselves as an Honors ensemble. The last concert of the year was no exception. And the theme? Feel Good Songs, of course! What better way to say goodbye, right?

“Listen to the Music” was an opening song to be remembered with it’s bright tones and uplifting lyrics. Next was “Guantanamera,” which was a smooth groovy number that was very fun to listen to. It just so happens that the song was arranged by sophomore Joey Vitagliano, who is a student in the choir. And what’s a feel-good concert without Bob Marley’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”? This lax piece featured seniors Chris Westersund, Sean McElrath, and Karley MacArthur as soloists. “Good News!” was next up, which was a beautiful African-American spiritual that seemed simple but still sounded absolutely gorgeous. They used hand claps and thigh-slapping to create a beat with soloists sophomore Trevor Weary and juniors Joy Pizorno and Jaina Chaston. The choir then sang Imagine Dragons’ “On Top of the World,” which definitely got the energy going in the crowd with its upbeat tune.

It was then that Cori Jo VanderLey, the choir teacher, stepped up to hand out Music Awards, pins and letters, and senior gifts. It was an emotional experience for everyone onstage as VanderLey made her goodbyes, but it wasn’t just the students that would be gifted that night.

The seniors, as a part of tradition, were ready and able to give back to the teacher who had done so much for them over the years. If you’re a choir student, you’ll appreciate the new clock the seniors gave to replace the old one. They also made a t-shirt to remember the class by, a personalized mug filled with gift cards, as well as a framed picture that the seniors had signed. Of course, they also gave the customary bouquet of flowers.

Cantabile wasn’t done yet. As their final performance, the ensemble performed Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten.” The number was very emotionally-charged, and was a truly beautiful way to sign off, especially thanks to the “We <3 U Mrs. VanderLey” letters the seniors held up as they stood at the front of the stage.

Congratulations to the Cantabile Honors Chorale for their entire year of performances, and we can’t wait to see where the seniors are headed!