Celebrating the Holiday and Winter Seasons with Song

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Glen Cove students from kindergarten all the way through to 12th grade participated in seasonal concerts at every school building in the district. Whether it was an orchestral number, a band performance or a chorus tune with theatrics tied in, students delivered impressive performances for families, community members and faculty, capturing the essence of the holidays while warming the ears and hearts of audiences as winter gets underway in earnest.

At Gribbin Elementary School, music teacher Joann Criblez led the way with a variety of winter-themed songs, including “Dance Little Snowflake,” “Season of Bells” and “Polar Puppy.” Additionally, Amy Gallo’s second-grade class presented a play titled “A Snowy Surprise,” based on the book by Amy Hest.

Mrs. Criblez explained why it is very beneficial to have children start performing at a young age. “It gets them used to speaking in front of people, gives them self-confidence, makes them proud and is a very unifying activity because everyone in the school participates,” she said, adding, “It is something they all look forward to collectively.”

More traditional holiday favorites could also be heard throughout auditoriums and all-purpose rooms in the six schools, including “Dreidel Spin,” “Let it Snow” and “Winter Wonderland.” Sandra A. Vigliotti led her Landing School fifth-grade singers in a very animated performance of up-and-coming holiday favorite “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” from the new Broadway musical “Elf,” based on the motion picture.

Those at home were able to enjoy the performances online thanks to the Glen Cove High School television production class, which streams concerts live and archives them for later viewing. To view, click on the GCTV button on the district homepage.