Tonight was West Fargo School District’s last orchestra concert of the year. The end of the year concert includes 6th through 12th grade. Cheyenne now sits in the high school section since she is in ninth grade, but I remember all too well her years in the middle school seats. It is difficult to believe that it has been four years.
I was so very impressed with the performances this evening. Each group (6th, 7th, 8th, and high school) each played two songs and then they all played a final song together. It was clear that the kids really put the time in and the result was a series of great performances. Of course, I loved the high school performances best. Cheyenne was so thrilled to get to play a Coldplay song (Paradise) and a medley from the new Disney movie Frozen. She had me audio tape the performance of those two songs because she wanted to share them with her dad who is traveling for work. She was already listening to them on the way home in the car – in awe herself of how beautiful the performances turned out. And they were beautiful…they brought a tear to my eye. There really is nothing like an orchestra performance to touch one’s soul.
West Fargo High School Principal, Dr. Jennifer Fremstad, officiated over the night’s events and she conducted the final song. She has some serious conductor flair to be sure – she was truly adorable doing her conducting gig. I can tell you already, that I freakin’ love her! This is my second time seeing her in action (first at the Academic Awards Ceremony and again tonight), and it is clear from the way she carries herself and the lighthearted cheer she emanates that she has a fabulous personality and really cares about the kids. I am so happy Cheyenne will be at West Fargo High School next year and have her as a principal.
And so it goes, another year of orchestra put to bed. I thought this was the last year for Cheyenne, but after listening to the audio of her performance for the second or third time she proclaimed that she had changed her mind and will do orchestra again next year. And there was that tear in my eye again and that silent cheer in my heart – another year – thank you. 😉
Day one thousand four hundred and twelve of the new forty – obla di obla da