Favorite Memories from Former and Current Heights' Musicians

 

 

In celebration of REACHING MUSICAL HEIGHTS 2015, we are sharing favorite memories from former and current Heights' musicians.

 

Geoffrey Golden, CHHS Class of 2012, is currently studying at Morehouse College.  Geoffrey recently won BET’s “Sunday Best”...

 

"The CH-UH District’s most valuable strength is its commitment to the arts.  I’m so blessed to have received my K-12 education in a district and community that values and develops the creativity of its students.  My love of music was enhanced at every level, from learning my first instrument, the saxophone, in Canterbury’s band, to playing the bassoon in the Wiley Band and student directing the Challenge Choir, to becoming the student director and featured soloist in the Cleveland Heights Gospel Choir and teaching and conducting in the A Cappella Choir.  Each of these ensembles and the experiences they afforded me, including performances at Reaching Musical Heights, prepared me for the level of poise and professionalism that would be necessary for television and now, the music industry.  For some districts arts programs are the first to go when budgets have to be cut.  I am grateful to have gone to schools in a different kind of district."

Kelsey Ferguson, CHHS Class of 2012. She is currently studying Violin Performance at the DePaul School of Music...

 

"I performed in the 2011 Reaching Musical Heights concert and it was such a fun experience. Not many high schools have a music program that is so loved by everyone in the community and I’m always proud to say that I was a part of it and how we had the chance to perform at one of the most important musical landmarks in the country! The IMD taught me leadership, the love of music, and brought me some of the closest friendships that I will ever know.”

 

 

 

Michael Carder, CHHS Class of 2015. Michael is a Bass in the Vocal Music Department.  He is performing in Reaching Musical Heights for the third time...

 

"I was a 4th grader at Oxford Elementary in 2003 when I was chosen for my first Reaching Musical Heights. I performed again my 8th grade year with Monticello Middle, when I sang and played the clarinet. At the time I didn't understand the magnitude of what I was a part of, but as I grew older, I realized how big that actually was. It was bigger than performing in any musical that I have ever done at Heights. That was the greatest memory of all…realizing how awesome it was to perform at Severance Hall.”

Chanae Curtis (@ChanaeCurtis), CHHS Class of 2008,  is a Soprano with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has already completed programs at Ashland University and the Manhattan School of Music.  She remembers...

 

"Reaching Heights opened my eyes to a musical world that I never knew existed. Although I had always been aware of my vocal abilities, it wasn't until I began to sing in the acapella choir in high school that I began to believe I could be something more than the average pop star. It wasn't until Reaching Heights provided me with an opportunity to "see the unseen", that I began to study voice privately, sing in multiple choirs, and actually enjoy it! Ten years ago, if you would have told me I'd have two degrees in music, and have received professional classical vocal/opera contracts...I wouldn't have thought it was possible. It was possible because I believed, and I believed because of Reaching Heights. I can only hope that other young people are exposed to the Arts the way that I was, because it was truly the start to my budding musical career."

 

Ann Zicari, CHHS Class of 2015,  plays the Trumpet with the IMD. She has participated in the Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp as a camper and counselor.  She is planning to major in music performance...

 

"Four years ago at the last Reaching Heights concert, I was part of a small ensemble of eighth graders chosen to play with the Heights brass section on a fanfare to open the show. The experience was probably my favorite of the night, since as an eighth grader I really looked up to the high schoolers.  Working with them and seeing how much fun they had playing music really made me look forward to becoming a part of the excitement in the years ahead.”

 

Alice Janigro (@alice.janigro), CHHS Class of 2015. Alice is a cellist who is performing in Reaching Musical Heights for the third time.  She reflects on these experiences...

 

"As a three-time Reaching Musical Heights participant, I am honored once again to be a part of an event that encompasses all that I love about our school district: opportunity, collaboration, and music!"

Tamar Gray, Music Teacher at Fairfax Elementary (@FairfaxPTA)...

 

“Reaching Musical Heights is a great reminder of what makes the music program in Cleveland Heights, University Heights City schools so special.  It is where our young vocalists/musicians from every school come together with community support for an evening that celebrates the uniqueness of ‘us’.  A night not to be missed!”

 

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