Candlelight Winter Concert 2021

On December 12, 2021 the Vermont Academy Community gathered in the Nita Choukas Theater for the annual Candlelight Winter Concert. This formal concert is held before Winter Break and the traditional candle dance is framed by musical productions by our instrumental and vocal groups. As Head of School Dr. Jennifer Zaccara said, "The candle dance itself, the ensemble performances, the choral pieces, and readings all made for a meaningful celebration of our multi-talented students and faculty." Photos can be found here.
Erik Sorensen ’23 opened the event with a reading of "The Shortest Day" by Susan Cooper. He was followed by the Vermont Academy Combined Chamber and Jazz Ensembles’ performance of Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus and Lucy.” The jazz ensemble then performed Chris Sharp’s arrangement of “Greensleeves” followed by James Horner’s “Somewhere Out There.”  
 
Abby Hawkins ’23 then read “Winter Trees” by William Carlos Williams. She was followed by the chamber ensemble’s performances of “Let All Good Folks Rejoice” and “Coventry Carol” as arranged by Performing Arts Chair Mr. Steve Cady.                  
 
Declan Ginty ’25 read "Ice" by Gail Mazur. He was followed by the Vermont Academy Dance Team led by Ms. Amy Lanterman. The team performed the Candle Dance to Sia’s “Snowman,” followed by an original dance choreographed by Nya Smith ’22 to will.i.am and Jamie Foxx’s “Hot Wings.” Nya was joined on stage by Eliza Asante ’22 and Colby Casey ’22.
 
Bryce Boyd-Tucker ’24 read Bryce Boyd-Tucker read “Shingebiss & The Winter Wind” by Jenni Cargill-Strong. He was followed by Vermont Academy Vocal Ensemble’s performances of “Hineh Ma Tov” and “Carol of the Bells.”
 
Head of School Dr. Jennifer Zaccara read a selection from The Chronicles of Narnia. She was followed by the combined Vermont Academy Music Ensembles for performances of “Winter Wonderland and “The Vermont Academy Evening Song.”
 
The Vermont Academy Chamber Ensemble is comprised of:
Mr. Steve Cady, Director
Bryce Boyd Tucker ’24, Violin
Vic Gao ’24, Horn
Ana Hernandez-Merkle ’25, Flute
Brian Lee ’23, Cello
Suki Lambert ’25, Cello
Caitlin Masure ’25, Flute
Sydney Palmiotto ’24, Clarinet
Morgan Studin ’25, Flute
 
The Vermont Academy Jazz Ensemble is comprised of:
Mr. Steve Cady, Director
Mya Dant ’24, Clarinet
Oliver Walsh-Fischetti ’25, Piano
Charlie Hodgson ’25, Guitar
Jenna Johnson ’23, Tenor Sax
Alden Ormont ’23, Guitar
Kim Perusa ’22, Drums
Tian Ragle ’23, Alto Sax
Sydney Palmiotto ’24, Clarinet
Wyatt Turner ’23, Bass
 
The Vermont Academy Vocal Ensemble is comprised of:
Ms. Ashley Storrow, Director
Ms. Maryann McArdle  P ’96, ’94, ’02, ’06, Piano
Eliza Asante ’22
Ruby Besson ’25
Sofia Bianconi ’24
Reese Combe ’25
Mamta Dey ’23
Yuliang Feng ’25
Abby Hawkins ’23
Mia Hennum ’22
Caitlin Masure ’25
Kim Osmec Perusa ’22
Sydney Palmiotto ’24
Polina Poroshina’ 24
 
The Vermont Academy Dance Team is comprised of:
Ms. Amy Lanterman, Coach
Eliza Asante ’22
Sophie Balk ’25
Ruby Besson ’25
Elaina Diamantis ’25
Mia Hennum ’22
Wolfgang Morlock ’22
Kim Osmec Perusa ’22
 
Special thanks go to Mr. Daniel Burmester as Technical Director and for Light Design. Terry Kim ’25 operated the sound board.
 
Following the program, the community gathered for dinner in Shepardson Hall.
 
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