Harker opened the week before holiday break in typically grand fashion, with the annual holiday campus tour on Dec. 11. All three campuses were treated to performances by musicians, singers and dancers from many different grade levels, each performing their own unique odes to the time-honored lessons and traditions of the holiday season. In between songs and dance numbers, students acted out entertaining and often very humorous skits, in keeping with the joyous air of the holidays.
Audiences got to witness impressive orchestral performances by the lower school orchestra, directed by Louis Hoffman, and the upper school orchestra, directed by Chris Florio. Several vocal groups provided holiday-themed harmonies, including the upper school’s Bel Canto, directed by Catherine Snider, Snider and Laura Lang-Ree’s show choir, Downbeat, and the Susan Nace-directed Cantilena. The show also featured spirited performances by the Gr. 6 choir, directed by Roxann Hagemeyer, Vivace, the Gr. 7-8 traditional choir directed by Jennifer Cowgill, and Harmonics, the Gr. 7-8 singing and dance group directed by Hagemeyer and Monica Colletti.
Exhilarating dance performances were put on by the Gr. 6 group Dance Fusion, directed by Gail Palmer, as well as Gr. 7 groups Showstoppers and High Voltage, directed by Amalia Vasconi and Karl Kuehn, respectively.