Cass chorus program to 'take a look back'
by Mark Andrews
Feb 10, 2011 | 2501 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jarred Summey, choral director at Cass High School, leads the chorus in rehearsal Wednesday afternoon. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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The Cass High School Chorus program is gearing up for the first performance in its new theater and wants former members and directors to be a part of the experience.

"The ongoing theme this year schoolwide has been 'we've moved into a new building, and we want to look back at what has got us here' to honor the legacy of the school as a whole," said Jarred Summey, choral director for CHS. "I wanted the first concert we're doing in this new theater to basically be a look back at the accomplishments the program has made in years past."

The program's annual Spring Concert will be held Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m. and will feature classic CHS material -- such as the school's alma mater -- as well as pieces to be used during upcoming large group evaluations. The concert also will feature music from the popular television show "Glee."

Summey said beyond giving those formerly involved with the program a chance to hear some classic CHS chorus material, the performance will also include a lobby display featuring performance programs and photos throughout the history of the chorus program.

"We wanted to get the word out early that if people have some of these items we need [the items] and want [those formerly involved with the program] present for the performance," Summey said.

Summey has a long history with the program that dates back to his youth.

"I'm a 2003 graduate of Cass High School and was involved with the program for four years," Summey said, "and I was involved with the middle school [chorus] program for the three years I was there."

He took over the program in 2008 and said he wants students to have the same experiences in the program as he did when he was a student.

"Over the past two years we've worked to build the program to what it is now," Summey said.

The program currently has 80 members, but Summey said he wants more students involved.

He said the program performs four full-length concerts per year, participates in a variety of clinics, competitions and evaluations, and also has the opportunity to participate in a full-length musical production in conjunction with the drama program.

Summey said former CHS chorus students have had the opportunity to travel across the Southeast for performances, but various factors have limited traveling for the past five years.

"I want our numbers up so current students can go to the places my generation of students were able to go," Summey said.

He said it is important for people to know the long history of the program and to recognize those who have made it possible.

"We have a very old [program], and a lot of people in the community have been involved in one way or another over the years," Summey said. "I've done research that dates back to at least the 1950's, and I think it's important we take this time to look back and honor that."

To contribute to the lobby display, contact Jarred Summey at Cass High School at 770-606-5845, extension 1031.