The talents of hundreds of middle school and high school students will be showcased at Delaware Valley High School in the Del Val District Music and Art Festival on the evening of Thursday, March 21.
“This is our chance to show the middle schoolers the great stuff we’ve got going on here,” said vocal music teacher Dan Wells. He was speaking about his choirs, but he might as well have been also speaking of fine art, instrumental music and woodworking, all of which will be on parade that evening. Artwork by Polytech students will also be shown.
But the middle schoolers from Frenchtown, Milford, Holland, Alexandria and Kingwood, N.J., will not be mere spectators. Their art will be displayed in the library, their vocal and instrumental contributions will augment the choir and band.
The art show will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with special guest exhibitor John Reinking, noted ceramicist. The library will become a gallery for up to 300 art objects – paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures, masks, pottery, furniture and more. Art teachers Jason Farnsworth and Sarah Ruppert will be on hand to meet future students and their parents.
At 6:30 Wells will direct the vocalizings of Vox Blue, the a cappella group; Vox Auri, the chamber ensemble; and the concert choir, which will be joined by the middle schoolers for several numbers.
At 7:30 in the Hutch Gym, the Del Val Jazz Band will perform, as will the concert band, which will be joined by the middle schoolers. There could be as many as 300 musicians.
Del Val music teacher T.J. Hayden said, “There’s something special about making music in a mass setting. There’s no choice but to be totally enveloped in the sound. It’s a magical moment to be present in the music in such a large group.”
Del Val High School is located at 19 Senator Stout Road, Frenchtown.